Darts World Cup: After his victory, Dimitri van den Bergh suddenly grabs the microphone – WELT

Dimitri van den Bergh was the first player to reach the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship in London. The Belgian beat Jonny Clayton 5-3 and is in the last four for the first time.

A historic success that triggered great emotions in the 28-year-old “Dreammaker”. “Please give me the microphone, just a second,” he asked the Sky TV reporter. The TV man was about to start the obligatory interview, which aired on boxes at Alexandra Palace, and handed it over to van den Bergh without a word.

The Belgian shouted his jubilation, stepping to the edge of the stage and calling for applause for his defeated opponent. Then he addressed the fans directly: “Everyone here, all of you, just made history”, he said, “a Belgian is in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time and that makes me incredibly proud.”

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The audience then started chanting his name, louder and louder. And van den Bergh played the ball again, gave the microphone back to its owner, but kept talking: “Listen to this, it’s amazing,” he said and again addressed the audience: ” Thank you. It’s wonderful. I’m a young man, I’m down to earth and I get a lot of support.

‘Give me the mic, please’: Dimitri van den Bergh had something to say

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He then addressed his upcoming semi-finals: “It doesn’t matter who it is. In any case, the following always applies: stay grounded, focus, believe in yourself. I’m a dream maker and I “I have a dream. Let’s do it together guys. Two more games. ” But he has also been a major contributor to recent success.

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Although the quality was not at the highest level, van den Bergh had an average of 95.49 points and a double rate of 36%, but it was a close match in which the main thing was to be able to manage his own frustration.

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After both players were able to hit their pitches, the decision fell in the seventh round: Clayton missed his chances in the first two innings and was penalized. At 1-2, he could have forced the decider again on a double 16 but missed again. The Belgian won the set 3:1 and thus also the advantage of being able to decide the match with his own service.

It was Clayton’s waning accuracy on the outside ring of the board that secured van den Bergh’s momentum. Clayton’s double quota fell ten to 35.3%, and the Welshman was now two points behind his opponent, who was 20 years his junior, with an average of 95 points.

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After the 1-0 in the eighth set, Van den Bergh first missed Tops for the decisive break and also his double 20 attempt in the following match. Clayton was suddenly back in the game thanks to his first break since the third set, but then missed four darts to level the set. Van den Bergh saved himself in the decider and crossed the finish line thanks to his 13.180 in the match.

The Belgian, who meets the winner of the match between heavy favorite Michael van Gerwen and England’s Chris Dobey in the semi-finals, picked up a £100,000 prize with his win and moved up to 11th in the world rankings , while Clayton remains seventh.

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As expected, Michael Smith then won against Stephen Bunting. The Grand Slam champion won the English duel 5:3, but could not justify his ambition for the first world title. After a good start, the “Bully Boy” already led 4:1 after the sets and was shaking until the end.

Bunting was shortened to 2:4 and started straight from a break in the seventh round. Smith then faltered, threw himself to around 80 points and made several shots under 30. Bunting missed many doubles, but still managed to catch up and checked against the throw to make it to 3 : 4.

In the eighth set, Bunting hit many more triples than his opponent, but needed too many attempts to check. Smith accepted the gift and advanced to the semi-finals with his second match dart. The most reliable scorer on the tour had just six 180s and an average of 91.63%. The decisive difference was documented by the double quota: 47% for Smith, 24% for Bunting. “Stephen was the better player, but I won,” Smith said.

In the evening from 8.30 p.m. (live on Sport1 and DAZN) there will be a quarter-final with German participation for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Gabriel Clemens meets world number one, Gerwyn Price. Van Gerwen and Dobey conclude the evening with the last match of the round of 16.

Congratulations to the deserved winner: Alan Soutar (right) was beaten by Gabriel Clemens in the Round of 16

Congratulations to the deserved winner: Alan Soutar (right) was beaten by Gabriel Clemens in the Round of 16

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World Darts Championship, quarter-finals

Jonny Clayton (WAL/7) – Dimitri van den Bergh (BEL/15) 3: 5 (3: 0; 0: 3; 3: 1; 0: 3; 3: 2; 2: 3; 1: 3; 2 :3)

Michael Smith (ENG/4) – Stephen Bunting (ENG/21) 5:3 (3:2; 0:3; 3:1; 3:1; 3:0; 0:3; 1:3; 3:1 )

8:30 p.m.:

Gerwyn Price (WAL/1) – Gabriel Clemens (D/25)

Michael van Gerwen (NED/3) – Chris Dobey (ENG/22)

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