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Phil Taylor slams beaten opponent Daryl Gurney for a ridiculous reason

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Phil Taylor, 10 years after winning his first Grand Slam of Darts, is on course for the title on his final appearance at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall after a superb victory over Daryl Gurney.

The tie was bang on even at 4-4, yet Taylor rolled back the years and claimed victory 16-4 after winning 12 legs in succession, in which he looked right back at his best.

It was no secret that Taylor wanted to get inside Gurney's head, feeling he was vulnerable mentally in this match. After the victory, Taylor admitted the plan had been executed perfectly, and he would do exactly the same to his next opponent.

Yet when interviewed after his victory, Taylor launched a scathing attack against his beaten opponent and criticised the younger generation for lacking personality.

"These lads are like zombies. Enjoy yourself," he told Sky Sports.

"I wish I was 20 years younger! I'd be fighting every week!"

As if that wasn't strange enough, Taylor then had a go at Gurney for not pouring him a glass of water - see the interview below.

"Gurney's head is down all the time. Why? I don't know."He didn't pour me a glass of water. It's called respect. Without me there wouldn't be a PDC."

Taylor kicked off the evening's action, with a ruthless display that saw him pounce on missed darts from Gurney for a 2-1 lead.

The Power, a six-time Grand Slam champion, found the first break of throw to lead 2-1 and, with the world No 4 poised to break back, Taylor took out the first of four 100+ finishes to forge two legs clear.

2017 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships - Day Four

Double 16 kept Gurney in the contest and levelled the match at 4-4 but that was as good as it got for the man from Derry as Taylor steamrolled his way to 12 consecutive legs and a place in the last four.

Taylor is aiming for a seventh Grand Slam title on his final appearance here before his retirement at the end of the season and will next face arch-rival Michael Van Gerwen on Sunday afternoon after the two-time defending champion edged out rising star Rob Cross 16-13 in a thrilling match of the highest quality.

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