Taylor targets 17th world title

01 January 2018 06:15:50 EST

Phil Taylor will play his last game as a professional on Monday in the final of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship before retiring from the sport he has dominated for a large part of the last 30 years.

The Power will meet Rob Cross in the final of this year's tournament and a victory would give him his 17th world title and his first since 2013.

The 57-year-old has beaten Chris Dobey, Justin Pipe, Keegan Brown, Gary Anderson and Jamie Lewis to reach this stage of the competition. He has dropped just five sets, with his biggest test coming against the Flying Scotsman, who he dispatched 5-3. Taylor can be backed at 1/1 to defeat Voltage over the best of 13 sets.

Since moving to the PDC in 1994, the Power has played in 18 of the world championship finals and has only lost four of them.

Monday evening's contest is a first world championship final for Cross who is less than 12 months into his career as a professional darts player. The former electrician won his card at the 2017 PDC Pro Tour and since then has risen up the world rankings very quickly.

Earlier this year, Cross reached his first PDC major final in the European Championship where he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen 11-7.

Voltage made up for that defeat by beating the world number one in an epic semi-final two nights ago, coming through 6-5 after a sudden death leg in the 11th set.

Cross can be backed at 1/1000 to defeat Taylor and win the world championship at his first attempt. As well as a victory over the top seed, the Englishman has also beaten Michael Smith, John Henderson and Dimitri van der Bergh to have a shot at the trophy.

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