Adrian Lewis set up a possible semi-final against defending champion Phil Taylor with an emphatic victory over Vincent van der Voort at the PDC Ladbrokes.com World Championship.
Lewis had 13 180s and threw a three-dart average of 100.03 in his crushing 5-2 win over his Dutch opponent at Alexandra Palace.
The 25-year-old Englishman used to practise with Taylor, and beat him in the World Grand Prix semi-finals in October.
That meant that if the 15-times world champion was to come through his quarter-final against Mark Webster later this evening, Lewis would have no fears about taking him on.
It will be a first experience of the World Championship semi-final stage for Lewis, but he believes he is playing well enough to go a step further.
‘I felt really comfortable up there,’ he said. ‘I did let things slip slightly but I got back on track and got the job done.
‘I thought I was only performing in about second gear and know that there is far more to come from me.’
As for the prospect of taking on Taylor, Lewis has his October win to give him confidence.
He said: ‘I believe in my ability now instead of questioning myself.’
Another first-time semi-finalist will be Terry Jenkins, who came from 4-3 behind to knock out Wes Newton.
Jenkins had a 170 checkout in the second leg of the eighth set, to immediately consolidate a break in throw and give him the impetus to see through his task.
Jenkins said: ‘That was a good battle and it will set me up for the semi-final.’
Awaiting him tomorrow will be either Gary Anderson or Raymond van Barneveld.