So another late, late finish is now almost guaranteed.
Yes, the pace of play has been slow but what did people expect to happen when they chose to start at 3pm rather than 2pm as originally announced? They could at least have got the two remaining scheduled frames in.
Will snooker ever learn from its past mistakes?
Neil Robertson seemed to take the comparisons with Eddie Charlton a little far when he took four and half minutes over a single shot - which he then didn't play.
In fairness to him, he isn't the first player who has found it impossible to think clearly in the Crucible cauldron but his best chance of winning is to play at his normal pace.
If you look long enough for problems, you'll eventually find them.
The final has been hard work for both players. Graeme Dott found some fluency with a century in the last frame of the session, which will hopefully be a portent of what is to come.
More likely, given how important this is, will be a tough scramble for the line.
Hopefully snooker fans will be able to stay awake to watch it.