Mark Selby led 10-7 over Murphy in the final of the snooker world championship

Jakarta (medialnews) – Mark Selby is on track to steal his fourth snooker world title after opening a 10-7 lead in the final against Shaun Murphy, at the Crucible Theater, Sheffield, England, Sunday night (Monday WIB).

Selby, the 2014, 2016 and 2017 World Champion, won the last four frames on the first night in the best-of-35 frame final which will end on Monday or Tuesday WIB.

Selby trailed 4-6 and 6-7 before reacting with impressive breaks on the 67, 86, 57 and 90 strokes.

Also read: Mark Selby takes on Murphy in the World Snooker Championship Final

“I was a little nervous at first, it was a world final and I tried even harder and Shaun started much better than I did,” Selby told the BBC.

“At every final I’ve been to, I always feel very tired to do it, but today I dug, grafted when needed and tried to put myself ahead,” said the 37-year-old.

Meanwhile, Murphy, who sees his second world title 16 years after the first, insists that he is not too disappointed with the preliminary result and that he is still optimistic that he will change things.

Also read: Ronnie O’Sullivan won his sixth world snooker title

Murphy’s conviction was based on the 2005 final. At the time, he was 10-6 behind Matthew Stevens in the same phase, but eventually managed to rise to the top and become champion.

“I thought he was great tonight. He always seemed to have the answer and put in incredibly long balls,” said Murphy.

“It’s easier than in 2005, but seriously, I think I showed in the semifinals that I can win if I play. This game is far from over.”

Reporter: Dadan Ramdani
Editor: Teguh Handoko

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