Dave Chisnall sent Michael van Gerwen crashing out of the PDC World Championship with a shock 5-0 victory over the world number one in Friday’s quarter-finals.
A superb display from Chisnall at Alexandra Palace saw him average 107.34 and hit 14 180s as he whitewashed three-time champion Van Gerwen and moved into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time.
Chisnall’s last-four opponent will be two-time winner Gary Anderson, while the other semi-final will be between Gerwyn Price and Stephen Bunting.
Dave Chisnall’s brilliance saw him reach the World Championship last four for the first time
Three-time world champion and World No 1 Michael van Gerwen had no answer for Chisnall
The emphatic win by world number eight Chisnall – who almost registered a nine-dart leg, only missing a double 12 – ended a run of 27 matches without a victory over Van Gerwen.
The 40-year-old Englishman told Sky Sports: ‘I’m so proud. I’ve been practising well, I’ve been playing well I’d say for the last three, four weeks. I have put the effort in. I changed my points to a little bit smaller.
‘I was confident against Dimitri (Van den Bergh in the previous round) and this morning when I woke up I was confident again, just sitting in my hotel room watching the TV.
Van Gerwen was the only player in the quarter-finals to not register a set as he was blown away
‘I want it (the world title) more than anybody else does. I know my own ability, I know I’m playing well. I can win this.’
Defeat left Van Gerwen ‘absolutely devastated’.
He added on Twitter: ‘I didn’t show up at all this evening and let myself down. For some reason it just never happened up there.
Gary Anderson beat the unseeded Dirk Van Duijvenbode and will be Chisnall’s next opponent
‘Full credit to @ChizzyChisnall who was outstanding all game, and wish him luck for the rest of the tournament. Thank you for the support.’
Anderson earlier defeated Dirk Van Duijvenbode, losing the opening set before surging to a 5-1 triumph.
The Scot, who averaged 101.07, said: ‘That was good. First set Dirk went off like he did and I played actually all right – I went, ‘Here we go’. But I stuck in.’
Gerwyn Price will become the new World No 1 if he wins the Alexandra Palace tournament
Asked if we were seeing the Anderson of 2015 and 2016, the years he won the title, the 50-year-old said: ‘Not quite yet. It’s getting there.
‘The 140s are coming good now. Still a few mistakes, but happy.’
He added: ‘If I wasn’t to win this title I’d love to see Chizzy (Chisnall) win it. He’s been on the go for years and he is a phenomenal darts player.’
Stephen Bunting saw off Krzysztof Ratajski and will now play Price for a place in Sunday’s final
Wales’ world number three Price reached his second successive semi-final as he beat Daryl Gurney 5-4 and will overtake Van Gerwen in the world rankings if he wins the tournament.
And Bunting secured a maiden last-four appearance via a 5-3 win against Krzysztof Ratajski.