World darts king Gary Anderson has warning for rivals
Gary Anderson has told the rest of the field that he defended his PDC World title playing at just 85 per cent. The Scot beat Adrian Lewis 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday to back up the maiden title he won against Phil Taylor a year ago.
For those watching this was another epic contest, Anderson and Lewis nailing 34 180s for a record number of maximums in a single match.
And one of those 180s - from Lewis in the fourth set - saw the tournament record of 625 surpassed
But Anderson - despite taking home a cheque for £300,000 - feels things could have gone even better for him at the end of a fortnight that saw him post a memorable nine-dart finish in his semi-final against Jelle Klaasen.
"The way I've played in the tournament, I think I've deserved this," Anderson said.
"It never really clicked but there was some great darts. It's great to have defended the title. It feels fantastic and I probably did it at 85 per cent of my best game."
Anderson, 45, appeared to be at 100 per cent when he checked out on 170 in the final set, but added: "I've got the trophy for another 12 months at least. It would be lovely to make it a hat-trick next year and do something really special but I'm not getting any younger.
"I'll keep plodding on and see what happens."
After cantering through the early rounds and looking a likely winner, two-time World champion Lewis came up short against a man staggeringly priced at 8-1 before the start of his defence. The Stoke man hopes, though, that a promising year is ahead of him.
"I don't think either of us really played our very best darts but I was playing really well towards the end and when he took that 170 out it probably just finished me off," he said.
"Fair play to him, it is a great achievement. Even though I'm disappointed, it has been a successful tournament for me.
"I'm back up to No.3 in the world rankings and this has really kick-started my year."
The pair will return to action in the Masters in Milton Keynes at the end of the month before the start of the Premier League in Leeds on February 4.
Premier League line-up: Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, James Wade, Robert Thornton, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall.