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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 December 2006, 14:07 GMT
Taylor wants Van Barneveld final
Phil Taylor
Taylor has also won two titles with the BDO
Phil Taylor is hoping to get the chance to face his great rival Raymond van Barneveld in the final of the PDC World Championship at Purfleet.

Taylor, 46, starts the defence of a title he has won 11 times in 13 years against Austrian Anton Pein on Monday.

Dutchman Van Barneveld, who this year left the BDO series for the PDC, could provide Taylor's greatest ever test.

"It's very close between me and Raymond. We could meet in the final, which would be massive," said Taylor.

"Barney is great. I like him, he puts a smile on my face and he's professional.

"You know if you play him that he will be ready for you, and if you beat him it won't be because he stayed out until 4am the night before.

"I like winners anyway and he is one."

The main thing is getting rest - that's as important as practice

Phil Taylor

'The Power' lost to Van Barneveld twice in televised events within his first five months on the PDC circuit.

But the Englishman heads into the tournament in good form after beating Van Barneveld on his way to winning the World Grand Prix in October.

"I'm playing well enough and my confidence is good. I'm always confident anyway," said the PDC's second seed.

"I've had a few days to concentrate solely on the tournament and fine-tune myself.

"The main thing is getting rest - that's as important as practice."

Van Barneveld, seeded 32, starts against Australia's Mitchell Clegg and could face top seed Colin Lloyd of England in the second round.

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