الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Anderson beats Taylor to world title

Gary Anderson shocked Phil Taylor to win his first PDC World Championship title with a thrilling 7-6 win.

Sixteen-time champion Taylor fought back from 3-1 and 6-4 down to level at 6-6 at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson, 44, won the first leg of the decider and when Taylor missed double 12 in the next, the Scottish fourth seed capitalised.

“Phil is the best and always will be the best so that makes it more special,” Anderson told Sky Sports.

“There was a set where I played well and went 6-4 up and then after the break Phil took the next two sets and I felt it was gone.”

Taylor, who

failed to win a 17th world title,

said: “Doubles cost me a couple of sets and he took advantage.

“My double eight and 16 were awful but Gary put me under pressure.

“At 6-6 I felt I had him and my energy levels were good. but he did a job on me and he beat me up in the last set.”

Gary Anderson

The Flying Scotsman suffered frustration with his darts bouncing off the board throughout the match

Anderson is the first Scot to win a world title since Les Wallace claimed the BDO title in 1997.

A 121 checkout gave him the first set before a missed double 10 allowed Taylor to level.

Despite losing the next two sets, a run of nine legs out of a possible 10 saw Taylor open up a 4-3 lead.

Anderson missed bullseye for an 85 finish in the eighth set but when Taylor missed 24 it allowed Anderson to step up again and make 25 to level the match at 4-4.

In the ninth set, Anderson failed to score on his first visit to the board after his third dart knocked out the previous two.

Visibly annoyed, he lost the first two legs, but regrouped to win the next three and, then opened up a 6-4 lead by taking the next set.

Taylor almost completed a nine-dart finish at the start of an 11th set he won 3-0, and won the decisive fifth leg in the following set to level the match at 6-6.

Three missed Taylor double 16s allowed Anderson to take a 2-0 lead in the final set and, although he missed a bullseye for victory, a double 12 completed a remarkable win.

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