Sheffield: Ken Doherty demonstrated his fighting qualities yet again by coming back from 5-11 down against Mark Williams to level the world championship final at 12-12 after Monday’s penultimate session.
Doherty, who also came from behind to beat Paul Hunter in the semi-finals, won the opening frame of the afternoon after Williams missed a long red.
Williams, the new world number one, conceded the next frame, after being left needing snookers, and Doherty also won the 19th with a 128 clearance.
Doherty won the next two frames to move within a frame of Williams, and then levelled at 11-11 after the Welshman failed to pot the yellow.
A scrappy 23rd frame ended with Williams winning his first frame of the day.
But 1997 champion Doherty claimed the last frame of the session with a 115 clearance.
Doherty will now fancy his chances of clinching the best-of-35-frames final.