Defending champion Peter Wright suffered a shock exit at the PDC World Darts Championship on Sunday, losing to German 31st seed Gabriel Clemens (40/1 – PDC World Championship).
Wright looked below his usual high standards from the outset and he fell 2-1 behind after a run of missed doubles in the third-round tie.
Snakebite, who beat Michael van Gerwen (11/10 fav – PDC World Championship) in the 2020 final, managed to get back on terms at 3-3, forcing a deciding set, but it was Clemens who held his nerve to seal a 4-3 triumph at Ally Pally.
“This is the greatest night of my life in darts, I have no words,” said Clemens.
The German’s reward is a fourth round meeting with Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski after he cruised to a 4-0 triumph over Simon Whitlock on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Van Gerwen is showing no signs of slowing up after also securing passage to round four with a 4-0 victory against Ricky Evans.
The Dutchman faces another Englishman next time out, with Joe Cullen hoping to halt the three-time winner on Wednesday.
There are a further six third-round matches set to play out on Monday as the competition starts to take shape.
Jose de Sousa and Mervyn King (Match betting – De Sousa 4/9, King 7/4) square off to get the action up and running, while Gary Anderson’s clash with Mensur Suljovic (Match betting – Anderson 8/11, Suljovic 11/10) looks to be the standout tie.
Gerwyn Price (6/1 – tournament outright) also returns to the oche when he faces Brendan Dolan, while Glen Durrant takes on Danny Baggish.
English duo Adam Hunt and Nathan Aspinall are set to face Dutch pair Dirk van Duijvenbode and Vincent van der Voort respectively.