MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will meet Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay after the world number one eased past Simon Whitlock on Wednesday in Blackpool.
Van Gerwen punished his Australian opponent for mistakes early in the second round clash and cruised to an 11-3 victory.
“It was quite comfortable for me and I didn’t have to worry too much, but I’d rather play a game that goes all the way,” said the defending champion, who defeated Taylor in last year’s final.
“There’s a lot more in the tank and I’m going to need it against Phil.
I’m sure Phil will put me under pressure. He’s still looking good and playing well and I’m looking forward to facing him because nobody has put me under pressure so far.
“I think I’ve got a huge advantage over him because my form is better and my confidence is good, but you still have to do the right things at the right moments and I’ll have to do that on Friday.”