Dave Chisnall lost a final leg decider as he exited the Austrian Darts Open at the last 16 stage on Sunday.
The Morecambe ace hit five 180s and finishes of 144 and 120 only to miss his chance to defeat Mervyn King, bowing out 6-5 in an 11-leg epic in Wiener Neustadt.
Chizzy, the world number nine, hit a maximum as he left 85 after nine darts, but could only score six as he sought the killer blow, and King stepped in to hit tops for a 13-darter to move into the quarter- finals.
King said: “It was always going to be close.
“Dave’s a fantastic player and if he’d hit his doubles later on then I might not have been in the game.”
Chisnall took a 2-0 lead with finishes of 144 and 120, and both players hit 180s in the third leg as King hit back with a 13-darter before levelling in 12 darts, landing a maximum and a 102 finish.
The Morecambe man took the next two to move 4-2 up, punishing misses from King in leg five before posting a sparkling 12-dart finish, but missed his chance to lead by three legs as King hit back to win the seventh.
King defied a Chisnall 180 to level at four-all before hitting double four to edge the ninth. Chisnall produced a superb 13-darter to force a deciding leg before falling at the final hurdle.
Chisnall had beaten Andreas Pur 6-0 in round one on Friday and Jamie Caven 6-5 in the second stage on Saturday to set up the last 16 clash.
King went on to lose 6-3 in the final of the £100,000 tournament to Michael Van Gerwen.