Van Barneveld: 'I Know I Can Still Do It'

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Van Barneveld: 'I Know I Can Still Do It'

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD is convinced he still has what it takes to lift a televised title ahead of his second round clash with Dave Chisnall at the Unibet World Grand Prix in Dublin.

The five-time World Champion has been a runner-up twice at the Citywest Convention Centre, but needed a textbook 164 finish to dig himself out of trouble in his first round win over debutant Ricky Evans.

A quarter-finalist and semi-finalist on his last two outings at the World Grand Prix, Van Barneveld is not content with going close and has no doubt he still has what it takes to lift a TV title.

"As a five-time World Champion you only want to do one thing and that's win," said Van Barneveld, who could meet Dutch rival Michael van Gerwen at the quarter-final stage.

"It's been four years since I won an individual TV ranking title but I know I can still do it. There are so many good players you have to beat, along with the travelling which makes it hard to focus all the time.

"Make no mistake, this is a hard tournament, maybe not one of my favourites but I've made two finals and gone deep a few times so I must play well here.

"If there was one tournament you could call Phil Taylor's nemesis then it's this one because the format is set up for big shocks."

Following his dramatic triumph over Evans, Van Barneveld is now gearing up to take on former finalist Chisnall and has his eyes firmly fixed on the £100,000 star prize.

"I'm not sure where that 164 came from on Sunday night, that finish definitely won me the game," Van Barneveld added.

"I can't explain what happened in that game, I was by far the better player in the first set but then in the break I lost concentration and let him back in.

"You can't afford to give these guys a chance if you want to win the title because it gives your opponent hope and belief of beating you.

"Dave will always show up, he's a class players, he's a fast player and I have great respect for him - his performance against Michael Smith was magnificent.

"You have to respect any player who reaches the top eight in the world and I know I will be in for a tough game."

The Unibet World Grand Prix continues on Tuesday with four second round games, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and worldwide through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners, as well as at PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers.