Ladbrokes Masters: Top five moments

James Wade (PDC)

We continue the build-up to this weekend's Ladbrokes Masters by taking a look back at five of the tournament's memorable moments since its inception in 2013.

The 2020 Ladbrokes Masters will be held from January 31-February 2 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes with the new-look top 16 following the World Championship returning to the big stage.

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The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

5. Chizzy's incredible comeback stuns Thornton

Dave Chisnall (PDC)

Dave Chisnall found himself 8-0 down to Robert Thornton in the opening round in 2016, before a sublime comeback saw him run out a 10-9 winner.

Thornton punished Chisnall's 15 missed double attempts as the Scot raced into a seemingly unassailable lead, before a 101 finish kick-started the Chisnall fightback.

Seven 180s helped him take the match all the way to a dramatic deciding leg which saw Thornton miss two darts for the match, allowing Chisnall to find tops to complete the stunning revival.

4. Van Gerwen at his best in 2015 Final

Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld (PDC)

The 2015 final saw Michael van Gerwen record the highest average ever seen at the event (112.49) as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 11-6 in an all-Dutch final.

Van Barneveld led 3-2 before finishes of 161 and 157 helped Van Gerwen to an 8-4 lead, before the world number one missed double 12 for a nine-darter for the second time on the night.

Van Gerwen completed a typically classy display with double 18 in the following leg to seal his eighth major televised PDC title.

3. MvG defeats Anderson for hat-trick title

Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson (PDC)

Van Gerwen made it three successive Masters triumphs in 2017 with an 11-7 victory over Gary Anderson.

Heading into the match, the Dutchman had not tasted defeat in three months, and followed up his World Championship triumph over Anderson with victory in another final against the Scot.

Van Gerwen saved his best performance for the final as the world's top two met in a televised final for the seventh time in two years, with Anderson's 103.58 average outgunned by Van Gerwen's sublime 109.42 effort in the highest-quality Masters final to date.

2. 108 average and 13 maximums not enough for Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall (PDC)

The 2015 quarter-finals saw Chisnall fire in a Masters record 13 180s along with a 108.09 average to no avail as he was edged out 10-9 by Van Gerwen in a classic encounter.

Chisnall landed nine of those maximums in the game's opening eight legs, which were shared, before he edged ahead for the first time at 5-4.

However, Van Gerwen pipped him to the post with a 126 checkout in the deciding leg to consign Chisnall to defeat with the highest losing average in the history of the tournament.

1. Gutsy Wade ends trophy drought with greatest comeback

James Wade, Mervyn King (PDC)

James Wade produced a remarkable comeback from 9-2 down to sensationally defeat Mervyn King 11-10 and end his three-year wait for a televised title in 2014.

12 months earlier, Wade slumped to a 10-1 defeat to Phil Taylor in the semi-finals, and looked to be heading for another night of disappointment as he trailed by seven legs.

However, a gritty display saw him reel off seven of the next eight legs, as King missed seven match darts to wrap up the win.

After an eighth match dart at the bull wen begging for King, Wade finished double ten to force a deciding leg, clinching a remarkable win with a sensational 135 finish on double top.