Michael van Gerwen shouldn’t be able to view Dimitri van den Bergh as a part of the elite of darts simply but, though the Belgian can have the prospect to show him mistaken within the World Matchplay semi-finals.
Van den Bergh is maintaining his immense report on the Matchplay, successful on debut in 2020, dropping within the last final yr and again to the semis for a 3rd consecutive yr after an epic win over world champion Peter Wright on Thursday night time.
The 28-year-old clearly loves this match, however it’s nonetheless the one main title he has claimed and Van Gerwen nonetheless thinks the Dream Maker has extra to point out to affix MVG within the sport’s elite.
That isn’t to say the Dutchman is overlooking the Belgian and is aware of he should take care of a assured and calm opponent who’s harnessing the ability of reiki.
Requested if Van den Bergh is within the elite of darts, Van Gerwen mentioned: ‘I don’t wish to go that far but. In fact he’s an ideal participant. He performs rather well, particularly on the essential stage.
‘His reiki in the mean time actually works, that’s actually essential for him as nicely, however I would like to ensure I break that, so simple as that.
‘I’m going to attempt every thing attainable in the direction of him, I really feel good and I hope I can handle to do even higher within the subsequent one. I’m trying ahead to it.
‘He’s a extra cool participant, he does his reiki stuff, he’s within the zone and I have to get myself ready for that.
‘Exterior that, he’s an outstanding participant and I would like to arrange myself for the worst. He doesn’t beat Peter Wright for nothing, he can play darts.’
Van Gerwen beat Nathan Aspinall 16-14 in his quarter-final, averaging 101.86, whereas Van den Bergh completed with even higher numbers on 102.01.
The Belgian is loving his newest run within the Matchplay, describing the Winter Gardens as ‘Dimitri Van den Bergh’s dreamland’.
‘I’ve discovered to dig deep, I’ve discovered to by no means surrender and consider in my very own capacity,’ mentioned Van den Bergh. ‘I’m working onerous and doing every thing I can to chase my desires and create a fantastic future for my household.
‘After I was 4-1 down, I felt it was a repeat of final yr’s last, however I wasn’t enjoying badly, and I managed to remain constructive.
‘I’m within the semi-finals! There isn’t any pleasure seaside, that is Dimitri Van den Bergh’s dreamland, and that’s precisely how I really feel proper now.’
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