Final score: Selby 18-15 Higgins
Scoring: 76-34 (76), 7-50, 121-8 (62, 58), 0-141 (141), 40-99 (63), 1-126 (95), 54-59 (58), 68-33, 86-0 (86), 8-60, 44-74, 69-22, 1-68, 0-76 (76), 81-9 (81), 121-12 (121), 96-17, 76-1, 53-2, 29-107 (78), 63-40, 68-19 (67), 82-0 (58), 72-0 (72), 72-22, 36-74, 76-1 (71), 134-4 (54, 70), 34-88 (88), 0-119 (111), 47-74, 132-0 (131), 80-19 (75)
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Frame 33: It's getting tight out there, but it's Higgins who has a great chance to clear up, plenty of open reds, can he seize the opportunity? He can't... but he still leads the frame 19-5.
Now it's Selby at the table, could this be the moment?
It certainly is! Selby closes it out nervelessly and he's the world champion for the third time!
Frame 32: Huge tactical battle this one. More than 15 minutes on the clock but it's just 1-0 to Selby.
What a response from Selby! It's a century break right after that disappointment on in the previous frame. What a time to make a 131 clearance!
Frame 31: Now it's Selby with a decent chance of a big break. Five reds and five blacks so far. But much like Higgins in the last frame, you don't need the pressure of chasing a 147 when the world title is in sight... But would you believe it, he sinks the blue and snookers himself in behind the yellow... Break of 46 - and he'll be gutted it ended that way.
Big moment as Selby rolls the white in behind the black as he attempts to snooker Higgins, but the referee rules that it didn't hit and a foul is called. Replays suggest it JUST hit, with a commentary team confirming it, but referee Jan Verhaas sticks with his original decision and Higgins now has the chance to reduce Selby's lead.
It's 47-50 in Higgins' favour... Huge, huge frame this! Selby leaves a red on for Higgins in the middle and the Scot seizes on the opportunity. The gap is just one frame now!
Frame 30: We've just edged past the 10-hour mark in this final... How much longer to go?
It's Higgins at the table, five reds and five blacks follow, but this is no time for a risky 147 and he plays it back for the blue. Great chance to take this frame now - and possibly a century.
Ton up! And what a time to do it. A break of 111 puts Higgins right back into this one...
Frame 29: An unfortunate kiss for Higgins allows Selby an opportunity to build a lead and move potentially within one frame of victory, but it's not to be as he can only put 34 points on the board.
Higgins now at the table, but there's a tricky red near the cushion to overcome should he close this frame out... He sinks it but still has a tough final red to navigate at 25 ahead with 36 remaining... It's there! This is more like it from Higgins, who makes it 16-13 with his first half-century in nine frames. Great break of 88.
Frame 28: A safety shot from Higgins sees the white roll into the pocket and Selby has a great chance to build a lead in this frame, if not win it outright. But he doesn't quite manage to see it out with a break of 54, however, it's an uphill battle for Higgins now - he's 55 behind with 75 remaining. Cue a safety exchange...
Selby is looking unstoppable now. The world number one is in full flow as he wins the safety battle and clears the table. He is now just TWO frames away from victory after a break of 70. Mid-session interval now... Selby nearing a hat-trick of world crowns.
Frame 27: Higgins breaks and a red creeps up the table, allowing Selby to cut it into the middle. His attempts to break up the pack are not so successful, but a red at the bottom is pottable. However, Selby's attempt sees it hit the jaws and stay out...
The frame is still Selby's though, who goes within three frames of victory thanks to a break of 71.
Frame 26: Selby moves into a 22-0 lead and it appears as if the reigning champion just can't miss... but a wild shot on the yellow sees Higgins back at the table. Decent chance here for a break, but a kick on the red at 25-22 means it's back for a spell of safety between the duo.
Higgins leaves Selby in a muddle with a snooker and a missed attempt hands the Scot a simple red. It's far from straight-forward to finish however, and his 67 is ended when a plant narrowly misses. Trailing by 45, Selby sinks a red as he looks to steal this one. A very risky red is then missed by Selby and Higgins closes out the frame. Back to 14-12! Huge frame for Higgins to win.
Frame 25: Selby picks up where he left off the last session, and a terrific red hands him a decent opportunity to take the frame, but he can only muster 35 and Higgins is at the table with a great chance of his own. Naturally, each frame is huge, but how much of a difference does 13-12 sound in comparison to 14-11... It's looking good for the Scot too, plenty of open reds as he looks to reduce the deficit to one frame.
Just as we say that, a loose shot ends the break on 22, and a poor safety allows Selby to take a long red as he looks to see out the frame. And Selby does take his chance this time! The Jester moves into a three-frame lead...
Frame 24: How about that... Selby now leads by two frames and that's the end of the session. The reigning champion is showing incredible mental strength while Higgins' appears to be fading, as do his hopes of a fifth world title as each frame passes by. A chance for a century in that final frame for Selby but a break of 72 is enough to take a two-frame lead going into tonight's final session. Make sure you tune into Eurosport 1 for the conclusion!
Frame 23: Selby leads! Incredible stuff. He gets two bites at the cherry and a very open table allows Selby to take full advantage at the second time of asking - his break of 58 is enough to win the frame 82-0. He has now won EIGHT of the last NINE frames. One more to go in yet another gripping session of snooker...
Frame 22: Higgins gets 19 points on the board but it's another lengthy safety exchange which follows. It's Selby who then looks to build a decent break - and a 67 puts him 48 ahead with 43 remaining. Higgins gets up to carry on the frame, but he must force Selby into a couple of errors... And what a shot that is from Selby, brilliant long red and it's now level pegging! From 10-4 down, it's 11-11. Sensational comeback from the reigning champ.
Frame 21: Selby moves into a 33-0 lead but he cannot keep the break going and is forced into a safety battle with Higgins which lasts almost 10 minutes. Selby then misses a red into the corner which was a difficult cut, allowing Higgins to reduce the deficit. Yet more safety follows with Higgins leading 33-40 and the frame edges over the half-hour mark… And the frame is Selby's! Following numerous safety exchanges Selby sinks the yellow and wins his third frame of the day as they walk back to the changing room for the mid-session interval. 44-minute slog that one. Can see this one going beyond midnight...
Frame 20: Selby misses a simple red into the middle (see below) and Higgins capitalises with a brilliant long red which offers the Scot an opportunity to build a break. However, he can only muster a score of 29 and what follows is a truly bizarre five minutes which has both players and the whole crowd smiling. Selby snookers Higgins, who then attempts to come off two cushions before flicking a loose red. Instead, THREE times in a row Higgins misses it before the white goes into the middle pocket off the brown. Each shot a carbon copy of the one before, leading to laughs around the auditorium and from both players, followed by cheers when it's fourth time lucky for Higgins. Now a chance for Selby to build a lead but he can only level at 29-29 before a simple black hands Higgins a chance to win the frame - and he does so with a break of XX to stop the rot, ending Selby's run of five without reply.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Selby v Higgins: World Championship final - As it happened