Joyce hoping for “extraordinary set of circumstances” against Van Gerwen

Joyce aims to pull off a monumental upset (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Ryan Joyce admits an “extraordinary set of circumstances” would need to unfold if he is to dump Michael van Gerwen out of the World Championship in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday night.

Joyce is in dreamland on his debut at Alexandra Palace, having already knocked out two of the world's top ten players on his way to picking up a guaranteed cheque of at least £50,000.

The former shop floor worker now faces the biggest match of his career against world number one MVG - who starts out as a resounding 1/33 favourite with William Hill.

Joyce, 33, says he is entering the tie with no pressure on his shoulders and admits he is relishing the prospect of taking on the sport's biggest star.

"I'm not looking forward to how difficult it's going to be but I am looking forward to the experience," Joyce told Live Darts.

"Whatever happens, I'm going to learn a lot from it and I think it will help me on the ProTour over the next 12 months.

"I think an extraordinary set of circumstances would have to come together for that to happen.

"Michael's been better than me in every round, obviously he's the best player in the world and I'm nowhere near his level yet.

"But darts is all on the day, you just don't know.

"Every round so far, my good shots have come at the right time, my timing has been good and it'll have to be outstanding to get anywhere near Michael, but there's always a possibility."

Joyce swept aside three-time women's World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in straight sets in Round One before repeating the dose on world number eight Simon Whitlock and holding his nerve in a seven-set epic against Alan Norris.

He then dumped out European Champion James Wade in another nail-biting deciding set after the left-hander had missed five match darts to wrap it up in set six.

"All my best moments in this championship so far have come under pressure," added the Newcastle ace.

"When I haven't been under pressure I've played really poorly.

"Playing against Simon and James and actually winning is a first for me, I'd never beaten either although I'd played them multiple times.

"I feel like I'm only at the very start of my career, I feel like there's a lot more improvement to come.

"At the end of my career when I look back at this tournament, if say I lose in the Quarter-Final, it might not seem as good in the future, I might be capable of even better."

Joyce returned to Tyneside over the Christmas break and was pictured marking a match in a local tournament - which he entered and won.

He added: "It was a round-robin format so everyone that took part had to mark at least one game.

"I ended up winning the competition.

"I think match practice is more important than just practicing on your own in the house."


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