Michael van Gerwen insists that Phil Taylor can be beaten at the PDC World Darts Championship, but says anyone hoping to do so must be at the top of their game.
Taylor is a 15-time winner of the world title but has fallen short in the showpiece at Alexandra Palace in each of the past two years.
Taylor is still the top seed at the 2013 event, where he will play Andy Hamilton in the quarter-finals on Friday, and van Gerwen thinks he will be a hard man to stop despite some believing he is on the decline.
"If he's not at his top level people can beat him, it's as simple as that," The 23-year-old Dutchman told Sky Sports News.
"You always need to prepare yourself well to play Phil Taylor, you need to play at 110 per cent if you want to beat him, otherwise you won't (win).
"His top (level) is so high that you will never beat him easily."
Van Gerwen recently beat Taylor at the Grand Slam of Darts and could face him against in the final of the World Championship, but first he must get past Colin Lloyd in the third round.
"I like playing Colin Lloyd, he's a fantastic player and he was No 1 in the world for a couple of years. I have a lot of respect for him because he's won so many tournaments," van Gerwen added.
"But in the last few games I've beaten him and I have a good record against him so I hope I can use that (to my advantage) in the next match."
Who will win the 2013 PDC World Championship?
Michael van Gerwen