Matchplay king Gary Anderson admits: ‘I don’t care if I never win again’

Scotland's Anderson parades the trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Newly-crowned World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson admits he would not lose sleep if he “never won another leg or match” of darts.

Anderson defeated Austria's Mensur Suljovic to wrap up the title in an epic 21-19 thriller at the Winter Gardens on Sunday night.

It meant that Anderson became only the third player in history to win the triple crown of the Matchplay, World Championship and Premier League alongside Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.

Anderson, 48, admits that he would not care if he didn't win anything again. He said: "I've made a few semi-finals in Blackpool but my record here has not been great so to walk away with the trophy is very special.

"It's never bothered me that I hadn't won it. I've always played darts for fun, always treated it as a hobby. My career and what I've done, I'm over the moon with the wins over 20 years. 

"If I was never to win another leg or match, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

"This is another notch in the belt now and something to tell the grandkids about."

It was another bizarre match for 'The Flying Scotsman' beset with bad luck - which he eventually overcame. 

In a strange deja vu of his first World Championship win when all three darts dropped out the board, he hit the inside of the bullseye wire to win the Matchplay.

Just like at Ally Pally in 2016, he went on to triumph despite that adversity, and added: "I'm shattered. Mensur and I were laughing at the end because we are just two old boys who now need a lie down or put our feet up.

"It's been a good week, I've been sweating like hell up there. When you are playing 30 or 40 legs it’s a bit of a culture shock again, we’re not used to it.

"But obviously it’s been great for me in Blackpool for a change. To get the nine-darter was brilliant.

"To be honest about 10 minutes into the match I was nervous when I saw how Mensur was playing during the first five legs.

"It was just one of they nights. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for me while Mensur just kept piling the pressure on.

"I was scraping legs here and there but nicked it at the end. I just couldn't get a rhythm against Mensur. 

"It's good to see all the youngsters coming through, like Jeffrey de Zwaan. I think he’s brilliant and this week has seen him turn from boy to man.

"He's been up on that stage and proved what he can do and he’s definitely my player of the week by a long way. It just goes to show the standard and then you've got the 48 and 46-year-olds in the final!

"I'm now looking forward to New Zealand. It's a lot of flying but a beautiful place to go to. We’ve got the World Series there and in Brisbane and I’ve never been before, so it’s all good."


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