World Grand Prix: Phil Taylor booked quarter-final date with Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor beat Paul Nicholson 3-1 at the World Grand Prix and will play Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals.
Last Updated: 11/10/13 11:02am
Taylor, a 10-time winner of the Dublin event, dominated the opening set and looked set to double his lead when he moved clear in the deciding leg of the second.
But he missed 10 darts at a double, allowing Newcastle-born Australian Nicholson to swoop in and level the match.
Nicholson also won the opening leg of the third set to move in front for the first time before Taylor rallied to win the next three legs and open a 2-1 advantage in sets.
The fourth set went to a deciding leg; Nicholson missing two darts to take the match all the way before Taylor stepped in to finish off proceedings by hitting double eight at the fifth attempt.
Despite the result, Taylor was unhappy with his performance: "It was cold up there tonight, I was feeling chilly and couldn't click. There are no excuses really. I just didn't play very well."
Taylor's reward is a quarter-final date with Scotland's Gary Anderson, who had earlier seen off Wes Newton 3-2.
Newton took the opening set with an 82 checkout but Anderson stormed back, dropping just two of the next six legs to forge ahead.
Newton came back from 2-1 down in the fourth set, following up a 101 checkout with a 10-dart leg to keep his hopes alive.
But Anderson produced legs of 14, 14 and 15 darts to race through the deciding set in quick time.
On facing Anderson next, Taylor said: "I love Gary to bits - and he loves me more than I love him! It's going to be a good game."
James Wade twice came from a set down to beat Irishman Connie Finnan 3-2 in the first match of the evening.
Wade, winner of the event in 2007 and 2010, dropped the opening set in a deciding leg before taking the second comfortably to level.
Checkouts of 115 and 102 helped part-timer Finnan earn a third-set whitewash but Wade dropped only two legs in the final two sets to avoid a shock exit.
Next up for Wade will be Simon Whitlock, with the Australian reaching the last eight of the tournament for the first time thanks to a 3-0 win over Ronnie Baxter.
'The Wizard' wasn't at his best, but then never had to be against Baxter, who had plenty of troubles with his doubles. 'The Rocket' missed three chances to level it all up at one set apiece and from then on never looked like finding a way back into the final match of the night.
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