John Higgins produced a sensational comeback to keep alive his hopes of winning a FIFTH World Championship title – and break the heart of Judd Trump once again.
The four-times world champion came back from 7-3 down and 11-9 behind to beat Trump 13-12 in the match of the this year’s World Championship so far.
The fightback from Higgins was of pure class, bravery, intensity and determination as he showed the Crucible crowd why he has four World Championship trophies to his name.
Higgins will play rising star Kyren Wilson for a place in Sunday and Monday’s World Championship final.
For Trump it is yet more disappointment and frustration on the biggest stage of them all.
Trump lost to Higgins in the World Championship final of 2011 and now seven years later he is still left waiting for his first World Championship title.
Agonising defeats like this one will surely leave him doubting whether his moment of destiny will ever come true.
And Trump would have thought beating Higgins was very much on the cards when he potted the final black to take a huge 111-9 lead at the mid-session interval.
But Higgins fought back in brilliant style – winning three frames on the bounce with ruthless breaks and giving nothing for Trump to chase.
Higgins then had a decent lead in the next frame only for Trump to produce an astonishing clearance under huge pressure to force a decider.
But a terrific long red early from Higgins into the green pocket helped him get over the winning line.
Higgins will next face Wilson who competed a ruthless 13-6 win over Mark Allen.
The other semi-final will see Mark Williams take on Barry Hawkins.
Welshman Williams is now just two wins away from winning his first World Championship title in 15 years after he beat Ali Carter 13-8 and 2013 finalist Hawkins thrashed a misfiring Ding Junhui 13-5 to book his place in the last four.