Gary Anderson accepts that age is against him but says he will “plod on” after defending his PDC world title.
The 45-year-old Scot did not hit the heights of his stellar win over Phil Taylor a year ago – a victory that earned him his first crown – but there was plenty to remember as he beat Adrian Lewis 7-5.
Between them the pair posted a PDC record 34 180s while a maximum from Lewis in the fourth set saw the tournament record of 625 surpassed.
Anderson’s spell in the limelight has come relatively late in his career and he is not expecting it to last forever, going as far as to do the quality of his performance down.
“I was playing a good friend of mine and it just never happened, there were some good darts and some bad ones,” Anderson said on stage afterwards - perplexing after a match of high drama that saw ’The Flying Scotsman’ checkout on 170 in the final set.
“The way I played and the way Adie played, it killed the game. I’m getting old now so I’ll take this!
“It would be lovely to come back for a third but the body is hurting. Us older ones are running out, but I’ll plod on.”
Lewis, a two-time winner himself, shared Anderson’s view that the quality was not what it could have been.
“I thought we were going to a decider until he took out a 170,” Lewis said. “He’s been the best player and deserves it.”
Anderson’s win sees him exact revenge on Lewis who beat him to the title on the same date in 2011. It also earned him a winner’s cheque of £300,000.