Phil Taylor destroyed Steve Beaton 13-4 to book his place in the quarter-finals of the StanJames.com World Matchplay in Blackpool.
The world champion turned on the power as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title, despite slipping to a surprise 2-0 deficit early on.
Taylor eventually found his form, finishing with a total of nine maximums and a checkout percentage of almost 60 percent.
Beaton hit a 12-darter to take the opener and traded maximums with Taylor before nailing double eight to extend his lead.
But he missed bullseye and three shots at a double to make it three in a row and the Power cashed in with double 16.
Taylor checked out 126 on the way to taking eight legs in succession before Beaton stemmed the tide with a superb 136 finish, only for Taylor to respond with two maximums in the next.
And there was no way back for Beaton as Taylor checked out 121 on the way to taking three of the next four legs.
Jelle Klaasen edged out Gary Anderson 14-12 in a cracking start to the evening's action at the Winter Gardens.
The Dutchman stunned fourth seed Marvyn King in the first round but had to dig deep to survive a rousing comeback from Anderson, who was 6-2 down before taking six of the next seven legs to lead.
He produced his best spell of the match to lead 8-7 to suddenly emerge as favourite and he continued to hold a narrow lead as Klaasen pulled his game together.
Klaasen levelled at 10-10 with a double five, double 15 finish but after Anderson moved ahead again he missed five doubles to move within one leg of victory, and the Dutch ace stepped in to level with tops.
From then on Klaasen held the edge and was able to seal victory in overtime after Anderson once again missed five attempts at doubles to keep the match alive.
Kevin Painter also went through after extra time as he fought back from an early 4-1 deficit to beat Mark Walsh 14-12.
The Artist, who came back from the brink to see off Colin Lloyd in the first round, missed a remarkable eight shots at doubles to close out the match at 12-11 to go through to the last eight.
Painter went from 4-1 down to 8-5 in front including a checkout of 112 but Walsh dug in to pull it back to one leg, and then dramatically levelled in the 24th with a double five finish.
However, Painter held his nerve to take out tops followed by double eight to seal the victory.
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