Anderson sweeps aside Van Duijvenbode
Two-time PDC world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the semi-finals of this year's event with a fine victory over in-form Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Anderson, who has struggled for form this season and been plagued by injury problems, was sensational in his 5-1 win, averaging 101.07.
'The Flying Scotsman' hasn't been at his best so far at the Alexandra Palace, but produced a stellar performance and one in which he took out 50 per cent of his doubles and hit six 180s.
The 50-year-old was clinical and closed out the contest with the first of three match darts.
Delighted with his performance, he said afterwards: "It was probably my best performance for a long time, maybe the last two years to be honest."
However, he was quick to play down his chances of overall victory at the sport's premier event, though, adding: "Tomorrow's a different day, I wish it was quite as easy as that. I'm thorough now though and will have a good rest."
Former BDO world champion Stephen Bunting beat Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski 5-3 in the other quarter final on Friday afternoon and said it was "the best win" of his career.
Bunting will play the winner of Welsh third seed Gerwyn Price's meeting with Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney but he fancies his chances whoever the opponent.
"This is the best win of my career," Bunting told the PDC's official website. "Getting to the semi-finals of the biggest tournament in the world is the best thing I've ever done. I'd love to win it. If I can keep my nerve I've got a great chance of winning it."
Anderson is 6/5 to win the PDC World Championship 2021, with Bunting 1212/1.
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