Taylor comfortable ahead of Nicholson test

Phil Taylor (evens to win the Grand Slam of Darts) insists he is playing with no pressure as he eyes another comfortable victory against Paul Nicholson after beating Stuart Kellett 5-0.

Taylor (11/8 to win the PDC World Championship in 2014) was once again at his magnificent best as he picked up his first win of the round-robin stages.

In the dominant victory, he allowed Kellett just one dart at a double in the game, with the 16-time world champion averaging 112.16. The 53-year-old, who says he will carry on playing for four more years, took out finishes of 100 and 108 as well as a sublime 11 dart finish.

Taylor, who will now meet Nicholson in Sunday night’s Group A clash, admits he feels good as he tries to win at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall once again.

“I’m really pleased with that and to end the game with a 112 average sends a message out to the rest of the field that they are going to have to play very well to beat me right now,” said Taylor.

“The main objective at this stage of the Grand Slam is to get through the group stage whatever way you can, and winning 5-0 against Stuart gives me a good leg difference, but I won’t be relaxing and I’ll aim for another 5-0 win.

“It’s a massive tournament but I’m under no pressure and I’m playing better for it. I’m comfortable, happy and I enjoy the competition and the players coming through.”

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