Paul Nicholson - "This tournament's my oyster"

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 18 Dec 2011

Paul Nicholson believes he is playing well enough to challenge for the world title at the Alexandra Palace come January.

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The Asset eased into the second round of darts' showcase event with a 3-1 win over Mensur Suljovic on Saturday night, but will need to beat the best if he is to become champion of the world.

He has been embroiled in a war of words with Phil Taylor this season following his controversial comments at the World Matchplay, but has often matched his bold words with top darts.

The Geordie-Aussie knows that a good run in this event will also all but confirm his wildcard spot in the 2012 Premier League.

Live-Darts caught up with the self-confessed bad-boy of darts prior to the World Championships.

Live-Darts: How do you feel you've matured as a player since your debut at the worlds?

Nicholson: "I've matured massively, probably about 10,000 per cent. When I first came here I tried to be different, I think I did that but along the way I think I made a lot of mistakes."

Live-Darts: What are you doing differently?
 
Nicholson: "Now I've matured, I've learned from my mistakes and now I'm making the right kind of choices in my life, lifestyle-wise and darts-wise - it's a great game to be involved in."

Live-Darts: How far do you feel you can go in this tournament?

Nicholson: "I'm loving what I'm doing right now and because of those changes I'm playing really well. I've had a fantastic season but who knows, this tournament's my osyter."

Live-Darts: You could run into Phil Taylor again in the Quarter-Finals, what are your thought on your rivalry with The Power?

Nicholson: "I have great admiration for what Phil has done for the sport but in a few year's he'll be gone and other players will take over, I'll be one of them. I just have to play my own game and I know I'm good enough."

Nicholson returns to action at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday December 27, where he will face left-hander Alan Tabern in round two of the World Championships.

Title sponsors Ladbrokes are offering 50/1 for Nicholson to win the tournament outright.


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