Stephen Hendry seems certain to beat Ding Junhui at the Crucible this afternoon and thus stop him from assuming his own mantle of youngest ever world champion.
Resuming 11-5 up, it's very unlikely Hendry will lose given the excellent form he is in.
Ding should have been no worse than 9-7 down but missed the black to win the 11th frame and frame ball red in the 15th.
Make no mistake, though: he is a man under intense pressure.
Ding is the standard bearer of the Chinese snooker revolution. Around 30 accredited Chinese journalists are at the Crucible and millions (and I do mean millions) are following it live on TV.
He won his three ranking titles before the close scrutiny he is now under began and seems to be struggling to cope with it.
What he needs - and what is happening with the emergence of Liang Wenbo and others - is more talented Chinese players doing well in the pro ranks to take some of the weight off his shoulders.
And what of Hendry?
He started the match with a century and made a vintage clearance to win that 15th frame. It was just like the old days.
Crucially, his concentration is back and, cueing as nicely as he is, he can beat anyone in the field.
Is an eighth world title on the cards?
There are still plenty of top class players left in the field who can prevent him but he must know that this is his big chance to land the game's top prize once again.