Phil Taylor annihilated Michael van Gerwen in their quarter-final at the PDC World Matchplay on Friday night.
Taylor turned back the clock, beating the reigning champion by 10 legs. The 56-year-old will take on Adrian Lewis in the semi-final as he aims to win his 16th World Matchplay title.
What can I say? It just didn't happen for me tonight. No excuses. Phil was the better player. Thanks for support as always.
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) July 28, 2017
As Van Gerwen's form faltered, missing 21 doubles, Taylor's did not. He averaged 101, had 10 180s and hit 57% of his doubles.
After the match, Taylor was critical of his opponent, telling Sky Sports that Van Gerwen needs to 'grow up'. Taylor accused the Dutchman of texting a fellow professional during the interval of his second round win against Simon Whitlock.
Well, he didn't text Vincent van der Voort tonight, did he? It's ridiculous.
During Simon Whitlock's match, he's 8-2 up and texts Vincent van der Voort 'Simon Whitlock's out', I mean what's he doing? C'mon, he's a professional, he's world number one, grow up.
He's just stupid for doing that and I'm going to tell him that anyway
Taylor also had some words for Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle.
Rankings don't mean anything, they don't. I'm world number eight, but you can still do it. You can. You know why I'm glad? I've proved Wayne Mardle wrong.
Can I ask the crowd something? Does Wayne Mardle talk a load of rubbish or what?
I've got a chance of winning this 16 times. I'm over the moon - I really am.
You can watch the finish of the match below.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) July 28, 2017