Lewis celebrates a superb victory (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Adrian Lewis hit back from the brink to edge out James Wade in a deciding leg in the Last 16 of the 2019 Grand Slam, as Gary Anderson set up a grudge clash with Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen also prevailed.
Lewis was staring defeat in the face at 9-6 down, only to reel off four consecutive legs to complete a stunning fightback and secure a place in a first major ranked Quarter-Final for two and a half years.
The two-time World Champion, who came through the qualifiers to seal his spot in the event, fired in nine maximums and completed the revival with a 110 checkout to continue his impressive resurgence.
“From 9-6 down I was like a madman possessed!” admitted Lewis.
“I was starting to get frustrated with myself because I was thinking ‘where’s my game gone?'”
“I’m so happy to win that match, James and I have got a lot of respect for each other and to be back in a quarter-final is great.
“I didn’t mean to turn the bull down, I thought he was on 181 not 161, I can be a bit dopey sometimes, thankfully it didn’t come back to bite me in the end!”
The two players were locked level after six legs, and after Lewis had finished 85 to lead 4-3, Wade crashed in a sensational 161 checkout in response.
The left-hander then finished 74 and 88 on the bullseye on the way to a 7-4 advantage before moving to within a leg of victory at 9-6.
Lewis, though, dug deep with a 76 checkout for a 12-darter and a further 85 checkout to trail 9-8, and after Wade missed the bullseye for a 161 checkout for the match, ‘Jackpot’ stepped in to force a decider.
The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist then sealed the comeback in style with a 110 checkout to prompt jubilant celebrations.
Lewis will now face face another old rival – Michael van Gerwen – in the Last Eight after the World Champion came from 6-4 down to defeat Ian White 10-7.
Van Gerwen began the brighter of the pair, breaking early and moving into a 3-1 lead, before a stunning 143 checkout from White brought the match back on throw.
Another ton-plus finish, this time 110, saw White break again and take a 4-3 lead, eventually extending it to 6-4.
This seemed to spark Van Gerwen, who cut a frustrated figure on stage, but the Dutchman then won six of the next seven legs to seal his passage to the Quarter-Finals.
“I didn’t play too well at the start and can only blame myself but I have to give some respect to Ian who did well at the start,” said Van Gerwen, who averaged 101.4.
“I know Ian will always give me a chance, he is a phenomenal player but it is hard to play so well in a long format so I just had to be calm and not make any mistakes.
“My belief is always there, even when I am in a little bit of trouble. This is an important win for me.”
Gary Anderson set up a mouth-watering repeat of the 2018 Grand Slam final against Gerwyn Price after he saw off fellow Scotsman Robert Thornton 10-8 in a hard-fought battle.
Lewis battles back to deny Wade as Anderson and Price set up Grand Slam Quarter-Final show-down
Adrian Lewis hit back from the brink to edge out James Wade in a deciding leg in the Last 16…
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