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PDC champion Adrian Lewis hungry for more world titles

PDC world champion Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis collected his first major trophy at the Alexandra Palace

PDC world champion Adrian Lewis has targeted "six or seven" world titles, but thinks it is unlikely that he will match Phil Taylor's record of 15.

The 25-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent beat Gary Anderson 7-5 in the final at the Alexandra Palace on Monday.

"Now I've won one, I want to win again," Lewis told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I've got that feeling for it and I think I can win a few more. I don't think I'll win 15, but I've got my eyes set on a good six or seven though."

Taylor, who was defeated in the quarter-finals by Mark Webster, helped a young Lewis during the early stages of his career and Lewis admitted that the 50-year-old had been a big influence.

"We are good mates on and off the oche and he said he was proud of me," said Lewis, who has now risen to number two in the world rankings. "He said he treats me like a son, which is very nice to hear."

Lewis earned £200,000 for winning the title, as well as collecting a £10,000 bonus for hitting the first ever nine-dart finish in a world championship final in the third leg of the match.

"With it being so early in the match, they wanted me to go off and have a break," he added. "I thought to myself that if I go off that stage I would start thinking about it, so I wanted to carry on."

Lewis often failed to deliver on the early promise he had shown as a teenager and did not reach a major PDC final until the World Grand Prix in October, when he lost to James Wade.

That tournament in Dublin, in which he also defeated Taylor on television for the first time, proved to be the breakthrough for 'Jackpot', who is the youngest player to win the PDC version of the world darts title.



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