Darts World chatted with Betfred World Matchplay sensation Dimitri van den Bergh after his closely contest semi-final victory over Glen Durrant. As well as more information about his sudden development into a major title contender Dimitri revealed some major news about his future plans.
Phil Lanning started by asking Dimitri where the extra strength had come from to see him through to the final when so many great players had fallen by the wayside this week?
Dimitri seemed almost bemused at what the difference might be, he gave credit to the team behind him including sponsors management and especially to his family:
“They are always right behind me and always giving me such great words that keeps my nose in front of me
I am always busy with my future”
The Belgian seems to have a firm grip on looking forward and says that thinking about his past will not help him, but he is clearly delighted to be in the final of the Betfred World Matchplay he puts forward an almost bemused look but his on-stage performances indicate anything other than surprise at where he has found himself.
How will he prepare for today’s final?
It seems that sleep will be the most important ingredient. Dimitri was planning on short phone calls with his parents and then:
“The more sleep I will have, the more chance am on going to be having to win tomorrow”
It is very clear that the months Dimitri spent with, World Champion, Peter Wright during lockdown have played a huge role in his new found success.
But the most obvious thing from an observers point of view is the clear-eyed determination to win this event that has entered the Belgians mind:
“I am been thinking about winning this tournament and I have not yet changed my mind, I want to win this tournament“
Is an omelet the key? In the light-hearted and enjoyable interview, Darts World tried to get to Dimitri’s secret ingredient, was it a full English breakfast?
No, it appears that Dimitri is a man of simple tastes and does not go much for variety.
“It’s actually pretty simply I just order an omelet with onion and ham, sometimes without the ham.”
“I am a simple man so i always have simple food as well”
The jokey remarks about sleep bely an approach that is cearly based on calmness and relaxation. Dimitri added
“I will be chillin’ as much as I can, calling home and my girlfriend. Taking my time as much as possible before the storm.”
But it not all laid back and chilling out for Dimitri and his new girlfriend. Darts newest star name thinks he may have gained a “lucky charm” since they got together only a month ago:
“A little thing for everyone to know, she and I are together making the move to come and live with my manager in England”
The bond between player and manager seems very strong indeed but will Mac Elkin, founder of The Sportsman Management Company, be as good a landlord as and as big of an influence as Peter Wright and family?
“No doubt about it, because my manager looks at me as if I am his own son”
With that Darts World signed off and left Dimitri van den Bergh to get some much wanted sleep.