PHIL TAYLOR and Michael Smith will meet in the quarter-finals of the German Darts Masters on Monday evening as the £100,000 European Tour event in Berlin heads towards its conclusion.
Taylor moved through to the last eight at the Maritim Hotel courtesy of a brilliant 6-3 defeat of Dave Chisnall in Monday afternoon's third round, averaging 104.78 in a heavy-scoring display.
The 16-time World Champion opened the game with legs of 12 and 11 darts, and though Chisnall hit back to level at three-all, the St Helens man paid for missing double 19 to take out 158 in the next as Taylor regained the edge and took three successive legs for the win.
Taylor now meets reigning PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion Michael Smith in Monday evening's quarter-finals, in their first stage meeting since the youngster knocked the Stoke great out of the World Championship in December.
Smith's impressive form in the tournament continued as he swept aside Andrew Gilding 6-1, taking the first five legs without missing a double in a fine display.
World Champion Michael van Gerwen joined them in the last eight as he hit five 180s in a 6-3 win over emerging youngster David Pallett, who shared the opening six legs before the Dutch star regained the lead and sealed victory with a brace of 12-dart legs.
Van Gerwen now takes on last year's German Darts Champion, Steve Beaton, who raced to a 6-2 win over Wes Newton in their third round contest.
Scotland's John Henderson also impressed, averaging over 106 and hitting four 180s and a 164 checkout in a 6-2 win over Simon Whitlock.
He also knocked out World Championship finalist Peter Wright in Sunday's second round, and now faces another top-ten star, Adrian Lewis, in the last eight following the reigning Coral UK Open champion's 6-2 defeat of Kim Huybrechts.
Reigning Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting also averaged over 100 as he saw off Brendan Dolan 6-3, sealing victory with a 161 checkout as he set up a quarter-final against Vincent van der Voort.
The Dutchman had been on course to exit the event when Ian White took a 5-3 lead in their clash, but he missed one match dart in each of the next two legs as van der Voort hit back to send the game into a decider with a 132 checkout, before posting double top to complete the comeback.
The German Darts Masters is being streamed live through the Bet365 and Coral websites, as well as through the www.LIVEPDC.TV website outside the UK & Ireland.