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PDC World Darts Championship: Dimitri Van den Bergh is a major champion and a major contender for the Sid Waddell Trophy |  Darts News




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Dimitri Van den Bergh is on the brink of another World Championship quarter-final – but he’s a very different player in 2020

Dimitri Van den Bergh is on the brink of another World Championship quarter-final – but he’s a very different player in 2020

After the year of his life of darts, Dimitri Van den Bergh has his eyes riveted on the biggest darts prize as “The Dreammaker” turns his dreams into reality.

“This is the first time that I think I can win. Before, I dreamed but I didn’t have the conviction, now I have the dreams, the conviction and the ability to win it and it’s such a different thing, ” he says.

Van den Bergh has had a year to remember, becoming a major champion, rising to the top 10 in the world and thriving in the behind-the-scenes nature the sport has had to adapt to during the coronavirus pandemic.

Something changed at Van den Bergh when he made his major breakthrough at World Matchplay earlier this year and, at Alexandra Palace, the Belgian continues his bid for the biggest darts prize with a new belief and a factor of growing fear.

Although he spent half the year in a leg brace while awaiting knee surgery – which is pending until there is enough time to recover – Van den Bergh has turned out be a title contender almost every time he shows up.

So what’s the secret?

“I always thought I could be one of the competitors who could go further, but I never had the confidence I have now – the confidence that I can come out victorious is a big difference “he said. The Darts Show podcast.

“It’s not that I’ve shown it in one or two tournaments, I’ve shown it regularly and it gives me thoughts and dreams of winning this tournament.”

Van den Bergh is also right. His form over the past three years has been extremely consistent with the semi-finals and quarter-finals of the World Cup, Grand Slam Darts and UK Open as well as the World Championship.

Criticism has long been that the Belgian needed to turn his TV form into a ground form to get into more events and climb the rankings. This was not the case as his record in the biggest televised events won enough prizes to be part of the sport’s elite.

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Despite a knee brace, Van den Bergh couldn’t help but dance ahead of his third round encounter with Jermaine Wattimena

Despite a knee brace, Van den Bergh couldn’t help but dance ahead of his third round encounter with Jermaine Wattimena

A major threat ……

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26-year-old Antwerp player is still untitled on the Pro or European Tour with his Successful matchplay in July, in his debut, the first senior title he had won on the PDC Tour, although as a two-time junior world champion the pedigree has always been there.

Van den Bergh is a product of the system, the system that has allowed young players to dream and embark on development and challenge tours. This also gave rise to the Youth World Championship and it’s a quirk of the last decade that no winner of this tournament has won the senior title.

Michael van Gerwen was beaten twice in the youth version, while Michael Smith moved closer. Youth champion in 2013, he was beaten in the 2019 final by MvG.

Van den Bergh hopes to become the first to make the ‘double’, not only to make a little more history, but also to inspire the next generation of players and the next ‘Van den Berghs’.

Dimitri’s three brothers all play the game, Viani spent two years on the Development Tour, and the names of all three are tattooed on his arm.

“I want to be this example for my young brothers and give them the opportunity to become the player that I have become.

“It would be amazing. I thought back to the players who went on to become junior world champions – all players who showed quality but maybe didn’t work out.

Aaron Monk (2010), James Hubbard (2012), Michael Smith (2103), Keegan Brown (2014), Max Hopp (2015), Corey Cadby (2016), Dimitri Van den Bergh (2017, 2018), Luke Humphries (2019 )), Bradley Brooks (2020)

“Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall – a finalist – all went to great lengths [in tournaments] so I looked at them and I thought “if they can do it, why can’t I?”

“I’ve always tried to be an example for young players, if you use the system, be patient and give yourself time to develop yourself, you could be one of the players who can make their dreams come true. “

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Van den Bergh defeated Paul Lim in the second round

Van den Bergh defeated Paul Lim in the second round

Wednesday night order of play

Dirk van Duijvenbode vs. Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price vs. Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall / Danny Noppert vs. Dimitri van den Bergh

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Next up for Van den Bergh on Wednesday night is Dave Chisnall, and at stake for the winner is a quarter-final appearance which will likely be against Michael van Gerwen.

The Dreammaker is no stranger to the last eight at Alexandra Palace, having made this leg two of the last three years, beaten by Rob Cross in 2018 and Nathan Aspinall last year. He is better equipped than on these occasions to go further.

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“This year I learned so much. I wasn’t close to the top 20 and now I’m in the top 10, I have learned but now I have a lot of self-confidence and confidence – these things. make me the player that I am. “

Dimitri Van den Bergh

“I think they all know I have a stronger B game now. They all know I can beat anyone that day with my A game – now they know, good or bad Dimitri will be there, not whether or not Dimitri will appear.

“Everyone in this world championship is quality, to qualify you have to be lucky and show quality, everything I have done and the other players in this tournament had to do too.”

Van den Bergh came to North London as a real suitor, not only in his mind, but in the minds of many experts.

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Van den Bergh’s 128 starts saw him shoot one-legged after winning third set against Wattimena

Van den Bergh’s 128 starts saw him shoot one-legged after winning third set against Wattimena

Crucially for the man himself, with the goal of turning more dreams into reality, he thinks everyone knows that too.

“People know they have to play at a certain level to beat me, and that’s what I was telling myself – I keep showing that other players have to play hard to give themselves a chance against me.

“Everything I did, I learned, I developed myself and I gave myself the opportunity to be the player that I feel right now.”

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