Mark Selby scraped through to the semi-finals of the Dafabet Masters, as he edged out John Higgins 6-5 at the Alexandra Palace.

Selby let a 3-1 lead slip with Higgins reeling off four straight frames to go one away from victory, but the defending champion once again showed his bounce-back-ability by somehow grinding out his 11th final-frame victory in this competition.

He will now face Shaun Murphy in the last four on Saturday.

Higgins went into this repeat of the 2007 World final as an underdog, but took the opening frame with runs of 58 and 39.

The three-time winner responded however in a scrappy second frame, before taking a two-frame lead into the mid-session interval with breaks of 70 and 98.

Runs of 43 and 69 brought the contest level for the two-time winner, before going back in front by taking frame seven on the black.

Higgins then went one away from victory in the next as he took advantage of some sloppy play from Selby.

The Jester from Leicester kept the match alive win runs of 48 and 55, and then took a very nervy tenth frame on the pink to force a deciding frame.

Higgins was in first in the decider – opening up a 57-point lead – before Selby reduced the deficit to just five after his opponent conceded 21 in fouls.

Opportunities kept coming and going with both players clearly feeling the tension.

It came down to the colours and Selby knocked the brown in to make the score 69-69, and then doubled a wonderful blue before cutting in the pink from an acute angle to seal another last-ditch victory that he has become accustomed to delivering.

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