James Wade recorded the 10th nine-dart finish in PDC World Darts Championship history but still crashed out in the third round at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.
The Englishman made a flying start in his match against Stephen Bunting and advanced into a 2-0 lead (Stephen Bunting 80/1 – PDC World Darts Championship Outright).
Former BDO star Bunting made a quick recovery and levelled before Wade hammered home his nine-darter. He threw seven triple 20s, a triple 19 before then landing his dart in the bed on double 12.
However, Bunting did not allow that to derail him, and he eventually recorded a 4-2 success in London.
Top seed Michael van Gerwen, who is 10/11 to win the PDC World Darts Championship, also survived a scare as he battled past Joe Cullen to win 4-3 in the night’s final match on Tuesday.
Cullen missed two match darts to give van Gerwen a chance, and the Dutchman took full advantage to win their fourth-round battle.
The three-time world champion was 3-1 down at one point, but he showed tremendous determination to keep himself in the contest.
Elsewhere, Krzysztof Ratajski beat Gabriel Clemens 4-3 to become the first Polish player ever to reach a World Championship quarter-final.
Daryl Gurney and Devon Petersen are also through after overcoming Chris Dobey and Jason Lowe respectively.
On Wednesday, Gurney returns to the oche to face Vincent van der Voort, while Bunting plays Ryan Searle (Bunting 11/8, Searle 4/7 – PDC World Darts Championship Match Odds).
Peterson’s reward is a match against Scotland’s Gary Anderson (Petersen 11/10, Anderson 8/11 – PDC World Darts Championship Match Odds).
In the evening session, Dirk van Duijvenbode will tackle Glen Durrant, while Wales’ Gerwyn Price takes on Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall’s match with Dimitri Van den Bergh will bring the action to a close on Wednesday evening.