Devon Petersen promises tactics-free match against Gary Anderson at PDC World Darts Championship

Devon Petersen has lined up a blockbuster clash with Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace (Picture: Getty Images)

Devon Petersen would not dream of employing tactics against Gary Anderson in their PDC World Darts Championship fourth round clash, saying it is like ‘spitting in the face’ of your opponent.

Petersen and Anderson will meet in a huge contest in the last 16 after the South African despatched Jason Lowe on Tuesday afternoon and Anderson beat Mensur Suljovic on Monday night.

Suljovic purposefully slowed right down against the Scot in their third round meeting, ruining the rhythm of the game in the process.

It backfired on the Austrian as his own game struggled and Anderson got over the line with a 4-3 win.

However, it worked to an extent as the Flying Scotsman was visibly rattled by what was going on, even by the fact that he felt Suljovic was using the wrong table during the match.

Anderson complained after the match about the referee and even the broadcaster not stepping in and making sure the players were using the right tables, which was illustrative of how bothered he was during the match.

The African Warrior saw Anderson struggle with the situation, but insists he would not stoop to that level himself.

‘Never, ever. If you’re not good enough to win with your skill and ability alone then that’s it,’ Petersen told a post-match press conference after beating Lowe.

‘Trying to slow players down, I’ve had it done to me before, it’s almost like spitting in somebody’s face. It’s a horrible thing. Tactics don’t belong in the game.

‘Obviously people want to win the money, want to win the prestige, but win it out right.

‘Gary Anderson’s old school, if you beat him on the board with scoring and finishing he shakes your hand and walks off. Ultimately respectable.

‘If you do tactics like that he won’t respect you at all. You lose slightly the respect of your peers, your colleagues will look at you differently.

‘It’s something I won’t do. Tomorrow’s going to be all guns blazing, first vs first, who’s got the biggest punch.’

As much as the 34-year-old would not get involved in slowing his opponent down, he does believe it showed a mental fragility in the Scot and he may well head to the wrong table on Wednesday, even as a joke.

‘Gary Anderson was riled up, I would have been as well, because I think it was more deliberate,’ said Devon.

‘I won’t be as slow, but I definitely won’t choose the right table.

‘Mentally, it doesn’t show a weakness, but it does show a vulnerability ultimately.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to adapt to the way the game is played and do your best.’

While Petersen’s attitude is to be applauded, many would suggest he should try and disrupt Anderson the way Suljovic did, given how unsettled he was by the slow play.

‘If that’s how darts is going to be played, have fun, I’m offski, I’m away for a game of golf. I’m not going through that again,’ he said after winning the match.

Winning third round games on Tuesday afternoon, alongside Petersen, were Stephen Bunting and Daryl Gurney.

Bunting upset seventh seed James Wade to win 4-2 from two behind. while Gurney produced a superb performance, averaging 101.39, to down Chris Dobey.

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