James Wade believes he could be the best player in the world if he was the most dedicated in the sport.

The five-time ranking major winner booked his place in the semi-finals of the TABtouch Perth Darts Masters after beating Michael Smith 10-5 earlier today.

“The Machine” averaged 101.05 and hit five 180s as he saw off the former world youth champion and made it through to the final day of action in Perth.

Wade dropped out of the top eight in the rankings for the first time in 10 years following his first round exit in the World Matchplay last month, but the 34-year-old says if he was the most dedicated player then he could be the best in the world.

“It’s always hard playing a friend and Michael is certainly a friend,” he said.

“I have my critics and I know I bite sometimes when I shouldn’t, but it’s nice to answer them every now and again.

“I know how good I am and I know what I do wrong at times. There’s only a handful of players who have won what I’ve won but there are players more dedicated than others these days.

“If I was the most dedicated player, would I be the best in the world? Possibly.”

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