Mensur Suljovic 0-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 1-3)
DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH kept up the surprising nature of this year’s William Hill World Darts Championship as he dominated fifth seed Mensur Suljovic 4-0 in their last 16 meeting.
The World Youth Champion showed nerves of steel as he powered into the quarter-finals at the Alexandra Palace with a 96.6 average and six 180s as he punished a below-par performance from the Austrian.
World number 43 Van den Bergh was a much more solid scorer throughout, and with Suljovic missing a few golden chances the young Belgian punished his rival almost every time.
Suljovic hit a 14-darter in the opening set but that was his only leg as Van den Bergh took out a 120 checkout along the way, which he followed with a 13-darter when dominating the second.
Suljovic made a better go of things in the critical third by going 2-1 ahead, but he missed crucial darts in the fourth and Van den Bergh showed confidence beyond his years to level and win the decider.
Nerves at being so close to victory did not seem to bother the 23-year-old as he hit two 180s in the opening leg of set four before taking out 115 to move to the brink, and he wasted little time in completing a fantastic victory.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Van den Bergh. “I know the qualities of Mensur and normally he’s a player that checks out every finish that he gets a chance to, and this game was totally different.
“Every chance he got he missed them – three darts, two darts, one dart. But every shot I got I seemed to check out.
“Winning 4-0 against the number five in the world, a 23-year-old dreams of things like that.”
After stating his goal was to reach the quarter-finals, Van den Bergh is now aiming even higher as he faces Rob Cross in the last eight.
“That was my goal, and it’s fantastic that I’ve got to the quarter-finals, but I’m not finished yet,” he added.
“Even though I’m playing in the quarter-finals, I’m capable, I believe and I’m a dream maker so who knows my dreams might be coming true this time.
“I’m enjoying every moment, winning this game feels weird on the one side but feels amazing on the other.”