Raymond van Barneveld set for Phil Taylor showdown
Last Updated: 30/12/12 2:49pm
Raymond van Barneveld: Dutchman looking forward to taking on Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld is looking forward to locking horns with his old rival Phil Taylor in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Sunday evening.
The Dutchman won his only PDC world title when defeating Taylor 7-6 in an epic final at the Circus Tavern in 2007.
And he goes into the match in superb form after averaging 102.32 in slamming Australian Simon Whitlock 5-1 in the last eight.
"I'm looking forward to playing Phil Taylor in the semi-finals. He's an unbelievable player, but I have no fear of him at the moment," said Van Barneveld, who is 6/4 to win the match with Sky Bet.
Taylor, the 8/15 favourite, whitewashed Andy Hamilton 5-0 in the quarter-finals as he continued his quest for a 16th world title.
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He said: "I'm really looking forward to the semi-final with Barney and it's creating a lot of interest.
"It's good for the game and Barney's been the best player in the tournament so far, and I can't wait!"
The first semi-final will see young Dutchman Michael van Gerwen taking on world No 3 James Wade.
Van Gerwen ended Adrian Lewis' two-year reign as world champion with a thrilling 5-4 victory on Saturday night and is 1/5 with Sky Bet to defeat Englishman Wade.
"James Wade's a different player to Adrian and he's very difficult to beat, and I can't afford to miss many doubles because he will punish me, but I'm looking forward to it," said the 23-year-old.
Wade, who edged out Wes Newton 5-4 in the last eight, said: "I certainly haven't played my best in this tournament yet but I'm into another semi-final and if I take my opportunities then I could go all the way.
"My darts are going straighter in every game and I'm growing in confidence in every game, so we'll see what happens."