Suljovic next up for Anderson

24 December 2020 17:43:30 GMTPlus11

Two-time winner Gary Anderson says he sees progress at the PDC World Championship as a 'bonus' and insists he feels under very little pressure.

The 2015 and 2016 champion opened his campaign at the Ally Pally with a 3-1 second-round victory over Madars Razma, with Anderson playing things cool about his prospects for a lengthy run in the tournament.

I'm nice and relaxed for this tournament and playing with no pressure at all.

Gary Anderson

Admitting that he has not been fully focused on his game in recent times amid knee problems, he told the official PDC website: "I'm seeing anything this year as a bonus, so that's exactly how I'm looking at that win.

"This year has been a bit of write-off in many ways, so I'm nice and relaxed for this tournament and playing with no pressure at all.

"If I play okay then who knows what will happen here, but next year I'm going to knuckle down and put the hard yards in."

Next up for Anderson is a tricky last-32 meeting with Mensur Suljovic, who saw off Matthew Edgar 3-1.

The Austrian has also been short of form in recent times and has somewhat surprisingly never been past round three of the world championship.

He commented after defeating Edgar: "Today was a good performance from me because this has never been a good tournament for me.

"This year has not been good for me, it has been really hard. Even my son told me that I am not focused enough and that my career might be finished, but I promised him that I would give it my best for the next five years."

Suljovic is priced at 6/5 to defeat Anderson, who is 4/6 to win the match and 13/8 to go on and reach the PDC World Championship final.

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