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Sydney Masters Day 2 Roundup

The second day of the Sydney Masters is over, and we saw four high-quality quarter-finals. The first game of the evening saw Adrian Lewis take on Dave Chisnall. The game was close in the early stages, but from 2-2 Chizzy raced into a 9-3 lead. In truth Chisnall just outscored Lewis, and rounded off a 10-5 victory. Lewis will be disappointed in his performance, as Jackpot didn’t hit a maximum until leg 12. Lewis will need to stop his slide in form, as the PDC calendar is packed in the back end of the year. In the second match of the night saw Peter Wright take on Rhys Mathewson, who beat the third seed James Wade in the first round. In truth Mathewson was never really in this game, Wright the world number 5 dominated the game from start to finish. Wright ran out a 10-4 winner, breaking the Mathewson throw three times.
The final two quarter-finals were unquestionably the games of the evening. 16 times champion of the world Phil Taylor, would face back to back current world champion Gary Anderson. When you look at the scoreline, you would think that Gary had a nightmare, but from it. We saw a vintage Phil Taylor performance, as the Power hit a World Series record average of 112.41. For much of the game, Anderson was around the 100 average but was just outclassed by Taylor on the night. Taylor won the match 10-2, hitting seven 180s and a huge 66.67% checkout percentage. Taylor is now on a 22 match unbeaten run in Australia dating back to 2013. Taylor told PDC.tv after “To get through was satisfying – I thought it was going to be closer, but I had to make sure I kept the pressure on and finished Gary off. The checking out was some of the best I’ve ever done in my whole career. I just seemed to be very relaxed and didn’t feel the pressure at all, and I felt lovely and comfortable. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but they went in tonight and I felt a bit for Gary because I didn’t give him a chance. I’ve been doing everything possible to win this.”

 

Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor (credit Steve Christo)

 

The last quarter-final saw world number one Michael van Gerwen take on Kyle Anderson, in what turned out to be the game of the night. In a match that the treble 20 took a pasting, van Gerwen raced into a 3-0 lead, and everyone was thinking the worst of Anderson. The big Aussie didn’t lay down and roared back and raised the roof with a 160 finish to level it all up at three each. Another 160 finish fro Anderson kept the scores all square at 4-4, Michael then upped the pressure to lead 8-5. Van Gerwen would win the match 10-6, but this didn’t tell you how close the game was. We were treated to 13 180s in 16 legs by these two, as Michael averaged 104 and Kyle all bar 97. After Michael said “I’m really happy to produce a performance such as this. When I was 3-0 up I thought it was going to be an early night, but I had to keep my focus, and I think I finished it off professionally. I know I’ve got an extra gear and if I play well I know I can do something really good. This is a fantastic tournament, but I’ve never performed like I can over in Australia so I hope I can show everyone my best darts on Saturday. Kyle is a very talented, good player with a lot of ability but he’s still learning. He can be dangerous, and we saw that tonight with some of the shots he took out.”

 

Michael van Gerwen (credit steve Christo)
Michael van Gerwen (credit steve Christo)

 

Quarter-Finals
Adrian Lewis 5-10 Dave Chisnall
Rhys Mathewson 4-10 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 2-10 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Kyle Anderson

Saturday 20th August
Semi-Finals
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

 

By Phill Barrs 

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