Pink Ball wrote:I agree although I do think the man who makes a final after a late night battle is at an unfair disadvantage. Other than that, can't see much argument for a rest day.
Just looking at the Crucible Almanac to crunch some numbers since the Semi-Finals went to four sessions in 1980.
In 1980 and 1981 the Semi-Finals although over best of 31 frames in four sessions were not played in alternate sessions, e.g. the final two sessions of the Thorburn v Davis Semi-Final in 1981 (won 16-10 by Davis) were played before the final two sessions of the Mountjoy v Reardon Semi-Final.
Thorburn won the 1980 Final despite being the second semi-final to finish, albeit, he won the Semi-Final 16-7 in the first frame of the final session.
Of the 37 World Championships held since 1980, the winner of the second semi-final to finish
has gone on to win the final on 20 occasions
. Of those twenty, five of them (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003 and 2006) came after wrapping up the final session before the interval, with a further semi (1985) being won by a session to spare.
Of the 17 world finals won by the winner of the first semi-final to finish, seven (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2001 and 2013) were matches settled before the mid session interval of the final session with a further five (1983, 1992, 1997, 2004 and 2008) being won by a session to spare. To add to this, the 1992 and 2004 semi-finals were won by the player in the semi-final scheduled to finish second (Hendry 16-4 and O'Sullivan 17-4 respectively.)
Of the eight years where the eventual champion came through a close semi-final (for this purpose, a semi-final that went two frames short of a decider or closer) only one (Higgins v Maguire 2007) was won by the winner of the first semi-final to finish, with the other seven, including all three won in deciders being won in the second semi to finish.