Grand Slam of Darts: Phil Taylor and James Wade to meet in quarter-finals
Phil Taylor maintained his charge towards a fifth Grand Slam of Darts title after beating Gary Anderson in the last 16.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 6:38am
Taylor was given a true test for the first time this week before winning six of the last seven legs to burst clear and book a quarter-final date with James Wade.
Four-time champion Taylor came into the match with a tournament average of 106, losing just one leg, but could not shrug off Anderson, who held throw four times in succession to tie the contest at 4-4.
Pressure was gradually building on the Scotsman's throw, though, and after missing one dart at tops, Anderson could only stand back and watch as Taylor broke thrown on the same target.
Taylor was at his ruthless best thereafter, holding and breaking twice more before finishing with an average of 102, slightly below Anderson's encouraging 106.
Speaking afterwards, Taylor was quick to pay tribute to Anderson.
He told Sky Sports: "Gary said to me 'I'm on my way back' and I believe him as well. He played superb there, trust me. The only thing you can do with Gary is hope he misses doubles, that's the only thing you can do when he scores the way he does."
Taylor faces a potentially tough test against Wade in the last eight after the left-armer thrashed Paul Nicholson 10-1 in the first match of the night.
Wade flew out of the traps with five perfect darts and that was a signal of his intent as he powered into a 3-0 lead.
Nicholson finally got on the board through a 12-darter in the fourth leg but Wade put his foot down thereafter, nailing a 150 finish to move 6-1 ahead before finishing the match in style with a bull, 25, bull 125 finish.
Heavyweight duo Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis contested the match of the evening, 'The Jackpot' running out a 10-8 winner in a thrilling last 16 contest.
The players could not be separated after the opening 10 legs, but Lewis broke thanks to a 12-darter before holding for a 7-5 lead.
Lewis continued to pepper the trebles and a brilliant 11-dart leg but him on the brink of victory, which he clinched thanks to a swift 78 finish.
Lewis ended with a brilliant 105.24 average and will face Kim Huybrechts for a place in the semi-finals.
Kim Huybrechts won the battle of the brothers, putting sentiment to one side to overcome brother Ronny 10-5 in what he later described as the 'toughest match of my career'.
It was a ruthless finishing display from Kim, who didn't lose his own throw once throughout the contest to reach the last eight.
Speaking afterwards Kim, who fired in eight 180s during the match, told Sky Sports: "That was absolutely the toughest match of my career!
"You play on the big stage against the likes of Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, you play them every month almost every week but you don't play your brother every month and that was the hardest match of my life on the big stage.
"I did my thing, Ronny did his thing. Today was like normal but the practice is a bit weird. Today we practiced on different boards. I felt sorry for Ronny because usually he's a brilliant player. Maybe the nerves got to him because he was playing his brother."