|World Championship final 2017|
|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 30 April-1 May|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, online and BBC Sport app.|
|Times: Sessions at 14:00 and 19:00 BST|
John Higgins secured a 10-7 lead over defending champion Mark Selby on day one of the World Championship final at the Crucible Theatre.
Scotland’s four-time champion made a superb 141 clearance – the joint-highest break in a world final – on his way to taking a commanding 10-4 lead.
World number one Selby finally found his form and breaks of 121 and 81 helped him win the last three frames.
The best-of-35 final resumes on Monday at 14:00 BST.
The two players had contrasting semi-final victories as Selby edged through with a thrilling 17-15 victory over Ding Junhui, while 41-year-old Higgins enjoyed a comfortable 17-8 win over Barry Hawkins.
There were expectations beforehand that the match would be a battle between two players who specialise in tenacious, matchplay snooker, but it featured nine breaks over 50, plus two centuries.
Despite opening the final with breaks of 76 and 62, Selby looked weary following his semi-final exertions, missing straightforward pots when presented with opportunities in the reds.
A missed red in the seventh frame will have been of particular concern, as the 33-year-old was 54-1 ahead but instead allowed Higgins to clear up with a composed break of 58.
It meant Higgins claimed five frames in a row, with contributions of 63, 95 and 58, as well as his superb 141 ,which equalled Ronnie O’Sullivan’s effort in 2012 as the best break recorded in a World Championship final.
History for Higgins?
Selby looked to be on his way to a crushing first-day deficit, but in typical fashion managed to fight back to stay in the contest.
He had runs of 86 and 81 in the second session, but Higgins took a tactical exchange to go five frames ahead. However, he did miss a pink to the middle pocket with the reds open, as Selby responded to obtain some much-needed joy.
Higgins, aiming to become the oldest winner since 45-year-old Welshman Ray Reardon won in 1978, guaranteed himself an overnight lead by pinching the 13th and followed up with 76 to further extend his advantage.
But Selby, who is seeking a third world title, produced a late revival to keep himself in touch.
Mark Selby (Eng) 7-10 John Higgins (Sco)
First session: 76-34 (76), 7-50, 121-8 (62, 58), 0-141 (141), 40-99 (63), 1-126 (95), 54-59 (58), 33-68 6-2 Higgins
Second session: 86-0 (86), 8-60, 44-74, 69-22, 1-68, 0-76 (76), 81-9 (81), 121-12 (121), 96-17 10-7 Higgins
Highest break so far: Higgins 141; Selby 121