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James Wade explains why Phil Taylor was his toughest opponent | Darts News

Last Updated: 08/03/19 11:29am








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Taylor hit two nine-darters against Wade in the 2010 PL final

Taylor hit two nine-darters against Wade in the 2010 PL final

James Wade has revealed how Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s ability to hit “magical finishes at the right time” made him the most difficult opponent to face.

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Sixteen-time world champion Taylor built a 51-14 head-to-head record against Wade including the 2010 Premier League Darts final.

“He hit two nine-darters against me and, if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have won,” Wade remembered.

“The perfect timing, unfortunately.”

Wade is now flying high in the Premier League, whitewashing Daryl Gurney a week after beating Michael van Gerwen.

But he still remembers the difficulty of playing Taylor who retired after the 2018 World Championship.

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“He made some magical finishes, at the right time,” Wade said. “I had never played a player who did what he did, at certain times in games, that would really hurt you.

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A round-up of all the action from the fifth week of the Premier League Darts.

A round-up of all the action from the fifth week of the Premier League Darts.

“You knew Phil would always play well. And if he played a bad game he would drag you along.

“It’s strange – I lost to him so many times but I always thought I would beat him. I never had doubt. I knew I would have to play well. It was enjoyable.

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Take a look at the big checkouts from week five of the Premier League including a 164 from Rob Cross

“He was dedicated. He sacrificed his whole life for the game. I’m not sure there is another player who would do that.

“I can’t do that, because I’m not the ultimate darts player. He is.”

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