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“It’s incredible – I’m very proud. To only lose seven legs in the event is amazing”

DIMITRI Van den Bergh completed a World Series double after dropping just seven legs to win the Dutch Masters.

 

The on-fire Belgian beat home favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-2 in the final, just a fortnight after taking the Nordic Masters.

 

Van den Bergh, 27, now wants to take his form into the World Matchplay and regain the title he won in 2020 over Scot & Team Unicorn stablemate Gary Anderson.

 

He said: “It’s incredible – I’m very proud. To only lose seven legs in the event is amazing.

“It’s incredible and it’s not expected. I don’t know if I’ve broken records but I’ve got the trophy and that’s what I came here for.

 

“I think I’ve done a great job in Copenhagen and here and I’m grateful to be invited to play in these World Series events.

 

“This is the top players in the world and I’ve won two out of two, so I want to take this into the World Matchplay next month now.

 

“I’m so happy because I keep achieving my dreams. I want to keep continuing this because it’s an incredible feeling. I want to achieve more.

 

“I didn’t only play Dirk and the class that Dirk has, but I’ve also had to play the massive support he had.

 

“I understand them and I respect Dirk so much. It wasn’t hard to play the opponent, I had to be so strong in my mind.”

 

Van den Bergh had won his maiden World Series title a fortnight ago in the Nordic Darts Masters at Forum Copenhagen, and he doubled his tally in style with a dominant showing at the Ziggo Dome.

 

Having dropped just two legs in his first round win over Ron Meulenkamp on Friday, the Belgian averaged almost 99 in a 6-1 quarter-final victory against Jermaine Wattimena.

 

He then produced another powerhouse display to beat UK Open champion Danny Noppert 7-2 in the semi-finals before his final glory against Van Duijvenbode.

 

Words by Phil Lanning.

 

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