Phil Taylor 'bitten on the backside'
Phil Taylor "got bitten on the backside" and now has his "zest back" as he looks to become world champion for the 16th time.
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The Power was knocked out before the quarter-finals for the first time in the PDC showpiece last year but didn't dwell on the disappointment for too long as he went on to quickly win the World Cup of Darts - with England team-mate Adrian Lewis - and the 2012 Premier League.
Taylor sent a fresh message out to his World Championship rivals by taking the top prize in last month's Players Championship Finals and admits the challenge to return to the top of the darts mountain is driving him on.
"To get up in the morning and try and get your form back up again is a good challenge for me," he told sportinglife.com.
"I wasn't putting the work in and got bitten on the backside a little bit by it.
"It's done me good and now I'm looking to climb back to the top again as its hard work that matters.
"When you've been doing it for 30 years you do get a little bit fed up but as soon as you start getting beaten a few times you seem to get your zest back again.
"This time I'm trying to time it so I'm ready for the World Championship."
Taylor lost 4-1 to Dave Chisnall in the second round at Ally Pally last year but that is all in the past now and the man from Stoke is only worried about the future.
"I can't even remember last year," said the 52-year-old when asked if he had any thoughts on the defeat.
"What's gone has gone and there's nothing you can do.
"You've got to lose and then move forward.
"You pick yourself up and win the next one, which I did in the Premier League."