Selby brought an end to Zhao Xintong's giant-killing to reach his first ever China Championship final, prevailing 6-4.
Zhao had previously dumped out Mark Williams and Barry Hawkins to take his place in his first ranking semi-final, and sparked hopes of another memorable win when he came from 4-1 down to level 4-4.
But world No 1 Selby fended off the revival, winning a scrappy ninth frame before a run of 63 sealed the win.
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Classy Selby survives scare to seal win against Zhao

The Leicester cueman said afterwards: "I played well for most of the match, then I missed a red to a centre pocket at 4-1 and the match turned. Zhao put me under pressure and played some good safety.
"John Higgins is a phenomenal player so it will be a very tough final. I will just enjoy it and try my hardest."
World No 4 Higgins overcame Lyu Haotian 6-3 to book his place in the final in Guangzhou on Sunday as he bids to claim the £150,000 prize.
It will be Higgins 49th ranking final of his career as he aims for a 31st title, adding to his last at the Welsh Open in March.

John Higgins sinks sumptuous long red in win over Lyu Haotian

The 43-year-old Scot built a 5-1 lead today with top breaks of 57, 57 and 59 before Lyu pulled two frames back.
But Higgins sealed victory in the ninth with a run of 62, and he said: ”The conditions today were beautiful, having been difficult earlier in the week.
"If Lyu had played today the same way he did in the quarter-finals I would have been in for a really tough game. But luckily for me he wasn’t at his best and I just picked up the pieces. I don’t know how I’m in the final but obviously I’m delighted."
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