He had big plans, but ultimately fell far short of his own expectations.
Gabriel Clemens was still missing a win to be the first German in the history of the UK Open to reach the quarter-finals.
At 5:10 against James Wade, the Saarwellinger had no chance.
In the 10: 4 against Adam Hunt, the "German Giant" still played an average of 97.5, then even followed up with a 100.9 against Daryl Gurney and beat the number eleven in the world rankings with 10: 7.
Against Wade, Clemens crossed the finish line at 89.4 - his weakest performance in a long time.
Wade hits the doubles 10 out of 13 attempts
The Englishman continued to show himself in impressive form in Milton Keynes, as documented by five 180s and a throwing average of 100.
The basis of its clear success, however, was the strong double quota, which only fell below 80 percent in the last leg and was 77 percent in the end.
From the point of view of the German number one, the sticking point of the game was the eighth leg, when he missed four break chances to make it 5: 3, then conceded the 4: 4 and then gave his throw-off after two shots without a triple.
At the latest after Wade's next break to 8: 5, the preliminary decision had been made.
Wade, not exactly known for spectacular actions, even tried to play tops-tops with 80 points remaining, i.e. to hit the double-20s twice, but made one of his only three mistakes in the match.
The quarter-finals on Sunday (live from 1.45 p.m. on DAZN *) will take place without German participation.
Pure consistency: James Wade pulled through his game after being 2-0 down
Source: dpa / Kieran Cleeves
Max Hopp failed in the round of the best 32 with 9:10 to Peter Jacques, Martin Schindler also lost in the third round in the decider against the Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker (5: 6).
Steffen Siepmann and Lukas Wenig failed in their opening matches.
The round of 16 at a glance
James Wade - Gabriel Clemens 10: 5
Luke Humphries - Martijn Kleermaker 10: 4
Simon Whitlock - Brendan Dolan 10: 9
Devon Petersen - Peter Jacques 10-4
Gerwyn Price - Chris Dobey 10-5
Dave Chisnall - Alan Soutar 10-8
Krzysztof Ratajski - Jonny Clayton 10: 3
Michael van Gerwen - Jose de Sousa
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