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Dimitri van den Bergh defeated Gary Anderson 11-5 to win his first World Series title

Dimitri van den Bergh defeated Gary Anderson 11-5 to win his first World Series title

Dimitri Van den Bergh took his first World Series title at the Viaplay Nordic Darts Masters, beating Gary Anderson 11-5 in the final in Copenhagen.

In just his eighth World Series event, Van den Bergh came out victorious, taking home the top prize of £20,000, securing his second senior television title in the process.

The Belgian knocked down Anderson to claim his first TV rankings title at the 2020 World Matchplay and repeated the feat on Danish soil to deny the Scotsman a seventh World Series triumph.

The world No. 9 took advantage of Anderson’s nightmarish start to gain an almost untouchable 8-0 advantage, and although Anderson rallied, he was unable to make an extraordinary comeback. Van den Bergh fired in legs of 12 and 13 darts to seize the early initiative, and a stunning 130 finish in leg five continued the procession.

Gary Anderson fought back from an 8-0 deficit in the final to avert a whitewash but couldn't deprive Van den Bergh of the title

Gary Anderson fought back from an 8-0 deficit in the final to avert a whitewash but couldn’t deprive Van den Bergh of the title

Anderson’s woes on the outer ring continued as the Belgian extended his cushion, but the Scot suddenly sprang to life and cut off his own four legs to cut the gap in half.

Van den Bergh took the win at 10-4 with clinical 86 and 72 combinations, only to reject three match darts in leg 15, giving Anderson a temporary reprieve. Moments later, however, the 27-year-old made no mistake and a fourth 180 followed with a 14-darter to seal the deal.

Results Nordic Darts Masters

Quarter-finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5 Gerwyn Price
Michael Smith 10-6 Fallon Sherrock
James Wade 10-4 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 10-4 Peter Wright
Semi finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-4 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 11-7 James Wade
Last
Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-5 Gary Anderson

“I have dreams. I’m chasing my dreams and winning against a player like Gary – that’s going to help me,” said Van den Bergh. “You know Gary isn’t going to give it to you, you have to work for it, that’s what I had to do, and I managed to make myself a champion, against a player who is a champion.

“The sky is the limit. Just look at the trophy I have in my hands. I dreamed about it. I managed to make my dreams come true.”

The two-time World Youth Champion had opened the tournament on Friday with a win over Danish youngster Benjamin Drue Reus, setting the tone for a weekend of dominance. Van den Bergh averaged 99 in a 10-5 quarter-final victory over Gerwyn Price, before halting Michael Smith’s bid for consecutive World Series titles with a clear 11-4 success in the semi-finals.

Averaging 103, Anderson racked up nine 180s in a 10-4 demolition of world champion Peter Wright in the last eight, before battling past James Wade in a grueling semi-final. After winning his previous six World Series finals, Anderson was unable to maintain his impeccable record, but there were plenty of positives for the two-time world champion.

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“It was brilliant,” Anderson said. “I was a little slow against James, but the way Dimitri played against Michael Smith, anyone would have been against it. He played absolutely brilliant. Hats off to him. He has a daughter now. That could be her first trophy, but he has a big, big future ahead of him.

“A lot of great young players are coming through, but the old guard can still play. Let’s go for it!”

Fallon Sherrock was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Michael Smith

Fallon Sherrock was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Michael Smith

Smith had sealed his spot in the semi-finals with a 10-6 win over last year’s runner-up Fallon Sherrock, while Wade sent off a runaway Michael van Gerwen 10-4 in the last eight.

The World Series of Darts continues with the inaugural Dutch Darts Masters in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, from June 24-25.

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