DANCING Dimitri van den Bergh roared into his first Betfred World Matchplay semi-final and blasted: “It’s like showing the world I have it in me.”
The bubbly Belgian held off a fierce comeback from Adrian Lewis to finally win 16-12 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Van den Bergh started like a rocket going into an 8-2 lead but Jackpot summonsed all his experience to fightback.
But the youngster stayed cool to see out the job. He said: “It feels fantastic, amazing, unbelievable. I know I was playing really well and I know I was giving Adie a strong game. Especially after the first 10 legs I was 8-2 up.
“At the end Adie still got to 10 legs. I wasn’t busy with that, I was busy with myself. At one point I didn’t have the control that I had at the start of the game. But yes come on, my first semi-final in a major tournament!
“It’s like showing the world I have it in me. Get in!
“It’s not really about nerves, it’s more about thinking, more about telling myself ‘Dimi play your game, put him under pressure’.
“He missed his chances, I took them out. I kept going and keeping my game under control.
“The whole tournament I’ve not been busy with who I play. It doesn’t matter who you get. If you play in the World Matchplay, you’ve got to believe in yourself.”
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