Mark Selby stands just eight frames away from winning a fourth World Championship title of his career.
The Jester from Leicester came back from 5-3 down to lead Shaun Murphy 10-7 at the halfway stage of this year’s grand final.
Selby, winner of the World Championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017, won seven of the nine frames played in the second session to give him a three-frame overnight advantage.
The first player to win 18 frames in the best-of-35 frames contest will be declared world champion for 2021.
Murphy, who won the World Championship sixteen years ago, dominated the early proceedings by continuing the rich vein of form which he showed to beat Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson en-route to his fourth Crucible final.
But he will need a strong start on Monday if he is to win his second World Championship after Selby won won four frames on the bounce on Sunday evening to take charge of the contest.
The final resumes at 1pm (UK time) today.