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Phil Taylor was delighted after producing some of the finest darts of his stellar career to clinch his 16th world title with victory over Michael van Gerwen in a high-quality Ladbroke World Darts Championship final at Alexandra Palace.
‘The Power’ battled back from 2-0 and 4-2 down to prevail 7-4 against the hugely talented 23-year-old, who had triumphed in their two previous meetings but came unstuck tonight as his inexperience in world finals told.
“I’m probably the proudest man in the world,” Taylor told Sky Sports 1. “I’ve got to give Michael everything. He’s phenomenal that kid and I honestly didn’t think I was going to win.
“I was 2-0 down, then 2-2, then 4-2, then 4-4. I just couldn’t seem to crack him, and in my mind I’m thinking it’s his first time, maybe he’ll miss a couple of doubles.
“All of a sudden my darts that were going on the wire were going in and the crowd got behind me and lifted me - they won it for me tonight.”
Taylor’s victory saw him become the first recipient of the Sid Waddell trophy, named in honour of the popular darts commentator who died last year.
“Sid was like a father figure to me - he was my biggest fan, Sid was. I loved him to bits. I am absolutely over the moon. I can’t explain how I feel. It’s the biggest night of my life,” Taylor added.
Taylor hinted ahead of the match that he was toying with the idea of retirement, but indicated that he is ready to continue and bid for a 17th title next year.
He said: “I’m 53 next year and I’m coming back to defend a world title. It’s ridiculous really.”
Taylor came into the final under something of a cloud after his spat with Van Barneveld at the end of their semi-final, and added: “What went on two nights before was shocking. Barney did pull me about a little bit and I got loads of stick for it, and I came here tonight and I just tried. What could I do? I just tried my best.”
Beaten finalist Van Gerwen paid tribute to the new 16-time world champion, saying: “Phil played great tonight. It was a tough game for me. Phil was awesome.
“I want to say thanks to the crowd and everyone who helped me along.”