James Wade moved into the quarter-finals of the World Championship with a straight sets victory over Devon Peterson on Saturday afternoon.
The seven-time major winner, who has reached three semi-finals at Alexandra Palace, moved a step closer to that elusive final with a commanding victory over the South African.
‘The Machine’ averaged almost 100 but believes that he may still have to improve to go all the way this year.
“Devon played well and he was close to me throughout,” said Wade, who will face Adrian Lewis in the last eight on Sunday.
“It probably shouldn’t have been four nil but I got the job done so I’m pleased.
“I played okay but I will still need to play better if I am going to beat some of these boys.
“The next game will be another different challenge but there’s no point talking about it. Hopefully, I’ll do my talking on the board.”
Wade won the first set 3-2, hitting three 180s along the way, before adding a fourth maximum as he doubled his lead, clinching the second set with an 87 finish.
‘The Machine’ fired in his fifth maximum as he moved three sets ahead, with the aid of an 80 checkout.
The first two legs in set four went with the throw before Wade hit another 180 and took out 121 to break.
Petersen broke straight back but Wade completed the whitewash, upping his maximum count to seven in the process.
By Chris Murphy
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