Matt Campbell will have plenty of time to toast his shock World Championships win over James Wade – as he flies back to Canada on a long-haul flight less than 24 hours after sealing a spot in the next round.

The 34-year-old, who hails from Hamilton, Ontario, overcame opponent Wade 3-2 in their second round clash at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday. It was a surprise result for Campbell, who until this year had never previously gone beyond the first round in four attempts.

By contrast, Wade is third in the all-time list for most PDC majors won and has reached the semi-finals of the World Championships on four occasions. Campbell will now be in the hat for the third round which gets under way from December 27 – but first he'll head back to Canada to celebrate Christmas with the family.

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That's a flight of more than 13 hours covering over 3450 miles. But Campbell was adamant that staying in the UK for Christmas simply wasn't an option for him.

Asked on Sky Sports whether he had somewhere to stay in London over Christmas, he replied: "No, I'm flying home tomorrow. Yeah, and I'll fly back Christmas Day. I've got three young kids, I've got to go and spend Christmas with them. This is a job, the kids, I pick them. So I'll go home and spend Christmas with them."

He admitted at his post-match press conference: "Well the flight's going to suck but yeah, exciting times [to be in the next round]."

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His victory was even more impressive given he had to fight back from a set down twice before clinching the fifth set with a double 18 after Wade had missed the chance to check out. Hailing his win over the seeded Wade as "massive", Campbell said: "'I'm sweating big, but happy to come away with the win against a quality player like James."

He explained that earning his first win in the World Championships in the first round against Lourence Ilagan gave him confidence going into the match with Wade. "After you get that first win you kind of get to relax a bit," he said. "Thankfully I am able to just relax and throw darts."

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