Dimitri dominates in Denmark to claim Nordic Darts Masters glory
DYNAMIC Dimitri Van den Bergh vowed “the sky’s the limit” after victory in the Nordic Masters.
The Belgian produced a string of sensational displays culminating in a dominant final performance to beat Gary Anderson 11-5, having stormed into an 8-0 lead.
World No.9 Van den Bergh beat Gerwyn Price and on-form Michael Smith in the quarters an semis before scooping the £20,000 title in Copenhagen.
He said: “The sky’s the limit. Just look at the trophy I’m holding in my hands. I’ve dreamed about it, I’ve managed to make my dreams come true.
“It doesn’t matter who I played, I told myself do not underestimate anyone. Do your own thing.
“It was hard when he came back. You have to respect Gary, he can play like this. Then at some point I managed to get to 10 legs.
“I knew in my mind it’s only one more leg, Dimi. But I also knew that Gary wasn’t going to give it to me. You’ve got to work your ass off.
“But I managed to make myself a champion against a player who is a champion, he’s a back-to-back World Champion. I have dreams of chasing him.”
It had been an impressive all-Unicorn semi-finals line-up with Van den Bergh, Anderson, Michael Smith and James Wade all in excellent form.
Anderson had shown glimpses of his old sensational form to beat KO Peter Wright and Wade before the costly slow start to the final.
He said: “I got past the first round, it makes a change. It’s been brilliant. Against James, a bit sluggy. But the way Dimitri played against Michael Smith, whoever played him was up against it.
“That’s a winner, he’s played absolutely brilliantly. Hats off to him, he’s got a wee baby girl now. That might be her first trophy. He’s got a big big future in front of him.
“There’s a lot of good young ones coming through. Yes the old boys can still stick in, we’ll give it a go anyway.”
Story by Phil Lanning.