Price focused on Ally Pally dream

01 January 2021 00:14:46 GMTPlus11

Gerwyn Price admits he cannot stop thinking about being crowned the best darts player in the world as he moved one step closer to his dream at Alexandra Palace.

The Welshman powered his way into the PDC World Championship quarter-finals with a ruthless 4-1 demolition of in-form Mervyn King to set up a last-eight showdown with Daryl Gurney.

That leaves the player known as The Iceman just three matches away from a maiden world title and potentially ending Michael van Gerwen's seven-year reign as world number one.

Price was the 11/2 second-favourite heading into the tournament after a spellbinding 2020 which saw him win the World Grand Prix and claim more titles than any of his rivals, including Van Gerwen.

But the former rugby union star had to dig deep to get the better of veteran King.

The two men were locked at 1-1 with King poised to go a set clear but Price then showed all his class by winning nine of the next 12 legs.

Price, who had a 97.7 average and hit a hugely impressive 52 per cent of his doubles, now has his sights set firmly on lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy and being crowned the world's top player.

"I think about it every day – who wouldn't?" Price told the PDC's official website. "I wasn't a darts player seven years ago and I'm sat here in a world quarter-final and if I win this event I become world number one and world champion."

Price is 4/11 to beat quarter-final opponent Daryl Gurney 4/6 and to go on and be crowned world champion on Sunday.

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