Scotland's John Higgins (left) looks dejected as he waits for the tabs to re-set alongside his opponent Stephen Hendry during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. [Photo/CFP]
Seven-times world champion Hendry won seven out of eight frames on Friday evening to take a 12-4 lead against four-time winner Higgins in their first Crucible meeting.
Higgins, who beat Judd Trump in the final last May, trailed 5-3 from the opening session before fellow Scotsman Hendry, who had to qualify for the tournament, took a commanding lead.
The winner is likely to meet compatriot Stephen Maguire, who leads England's Joe Perry 11-5, in the third round in Sheffield.