The Japanese star is bidding to become the first male skater to complete the Super Slam of the junior world title, world title, Olympic gold, Grand Prix Final and continental championship.
Hanyu is to skate to Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi’s “Seimei” for his free skate on Sunday – the same music that served him so successfully at the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea in 2018.
Earlier Friday US champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates won the gold medal in ice dancing.
Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the silver while overnight leaders Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the US settled for the bronze.
Four Continents features top skaters from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.