“I don't need to prove anything” - Anderson defiant ahead of World Matchplay final

Crowd favourite Anderson celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Gary Anderson insists he has nothing to prove in world darts and could retire happy regardless of any future triumphs.

Anderson is aiming to secure an elusive first BetVictor World Matchplay title on Sunday when he faces Mensur Suljovic in the final at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The Flying Scotsman is making his first appearance in a World Matchplay final, having come from behind to defeat Stephen Bunting and Raymond van Barneveld, before landing a nine-darter in a epic tie break win over Joe Cullen and ending the run of debutant Jeffrey De Zwaan.

Anderson is bidding to add this prestigious trophy to his two world titles and two Premier League titles, completing what would be an illustrious career Triple Crown.

The Scot, however, admits he is no longer motivated by success and regards darts merely as a hobby.

"I don't need to prove anything to anybody, especially to myself," he told Live Darts.

"I could retire tomorrow and I'm over the moon with what I've done.

"I've always played darts as a fun game, a hobby, I've never ever taken it seriously.

"So if I do get beat, well done, I'm off to see the family for the next five days and that's the way I've always been.

"I've never put myself under any pressure whatsoever thinking: 'I need to do this' - I don't.

"I play a game I've seen the world with and I pinch a few now and again." 

Anderson, the most successful Scottish player of all time, has already claimed the UK Open and US Masters titles this season and now has the opportunity to become only the eighth different player since 1994 to lift this trophy.

The trophy has been renamed after Phil Taylor to recognise his dominance of this tournament, and Anderson admits he would relish having the silverware on his mantelpiece.

He added: "Phil has won the World Matchplay 16 times, it's a phenomenal record and no one will ever take that away from him.

"To have that trophy sitting on the mantelpiece looking at his name, that would be great."

Anderson faces Suljovic for the ninth time in his career, with the pair split on the head-to-heads at four apiece.

Suljovic is out to replicate his triumph in last September's Champions League of Darts final which led him to his first televised title, though Anderson has won their two most recent meetings - a 16-12 triumph in the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Slam and a 7-5 victory in the Premier League.

The free-flowing Scot admits he finds the methodical Suljovic a tough opponent to break down.

"I love Mensur to bits and he's a gentleman, but I hate playing him!" Added Anderson.

"I'm just going to get on with it. I think we will see a different Mensur - I've got a different head on than when I used to play him so we'll see what happens.

"I've learned a lot over the last four weeks.

"The amount of times I've been behind by four or five legs and I keep fighting.

"We've had a good time here in Blackpool, I've been fishing with Ian White.

"It's been great sitting at the pond with Ian just having a chilled day."


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