James Wade once staged ‘greatest comeback in history’ against Mervyn King

James Wade once pulled off one of the greatest ever darting comebacks against Mervyn King having trailed 9-2 in a first to 11 clash at the final of the 2014 Masters.

The pair, who will face off in the quarter-finals of the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship on Saturday afternoon, reached the final of the second edition of the Masters eight years ago.

King, a World Championship semi-finalist in 2009, took on Wade who had been in the semi-finals of the premier event the previous two years.

The older of the two had seen off Michael van Gerwen in his semi-final at the Masters by 11 legs to nine, with Wade beating Phil Taylor by the same scoreline.

It's fair to say that King had the better start, winning each of the first five legs as the Machine struggled to get into gear on the Edinburgh stage.

Having reduced the deficit to four at six legs to two, Wade again fell apart and left King needing just two legs to take the trophy having needed nine of his own.

Incredibly, Wade won nine of the next 10 legs to the dismay of King, who had missed several match darts, ending the contest with an exceptional 135 checkout.

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Wade said after the contest: "I didn't deserve to win and I feel a bit guilty, but somehow I did it.

"I've never won a game of darts like that in my life, but I took my chances. I'm stubborn and I believe I'm the only person that could have won that game from that position at the moment.

"In the last six or seven months I've been doing a lot of harm and hurting a lot of players, and I wouldn't want to play me at the moment."

King added: "I had my chance and didn't take it, and James did so fair play to him. James stuck in there and was the better player on the day, and he deserved to win.

"I've had a great weekend and I've done exceptionally well to reach the final, but I'll be back and hopefully I can take the chance next time it comes."

From their 48 meetings in total, Wade has 24 wins to King's 23 with a single draw, with their first clash of 2022 coming at 12:40pm on Saturday at Alexandra Palace.

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