Van den Bergh ‘visualising’ Grand Slam of Darts glory

Van den Bergh celebrates in Wolverhampton (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Dimitri Van den Bergh has revealed he “visualises” being a major champion on the oche and has his sights set on Grand Slam glory.

The blossoming Belgian roared into the knock-out stages of the cross-code tournament for the first time after a 5-1 win over Mark McGeeney on Monday night.

He now faces Stephen Bunting in the Last 16 but admitted he is so focused psychologically he dreams of picking up trophies.

"I'm 100 per cent happy," said Van den Bergh. "Especially because two years ago I got into the Grand Slam, managed to win two games but in the end I didn't get through because of a nine-dart shoot-out. I lost it by five points. 

"I definitely in a good place psychologically. All my preparation every day is going fine. I always think about what is going to happen when I'm playing. 

"I have a lot of strength and support back home from the people that I love and I know that they go through fire and water for me as well. It makes me a lot stronger when I am playing to know this.

"I've had some great advice from top players in the PDC who have told me that if I dream about it and visualise it, you will achieve those things.

"I look at last year I got myself in the World Youth Championship final and a player told me ‘think that you are holding the trophy’. I asked if he meant that and he said sure, it’s only going to give you positive vibes.

"So I've done that and I did manage to win. So now I always give all the positive energy and using it and know because of all my preparations that I will be someday a major champion. I don’t need to rush anything, I'll take it step-by-step.

"Time is on my side. Every game that I am playing, I'll go 100 per cent and my rivals need to be 100 per cent against me too."

Van den Bergh's darting talent runs in the family, and as well as the support from his father, the 24-year-old is constantly taking advice on board from fellow professionals.

He added: "My dad Chris was a top player from when I was born and he helps me think the right things. Peter Wright always talks to me. Raymond van Barneveld was the one who told me about visualising I am going to win trophies.

"Rob Cross always says like ‘kid you are something special, I believe in you for the future’. Michael van Gerwen gives me some advice.

"Kim Huybrechts is who I call my coach. If it wasn’t for Kim I wouldn’t be in the PDC like I am now, I would have been two years behind my current place.

"Even when I get knocked out on the Pro Tour I stay and just watch other players and see what they are doing. I watch how they handle some situations in their game."

Now the youngster takes on Bunting in a fascinating battle of natural talents who have returned to form in recent weeks after indifferent campaigns on the circuit.

"When it comes to Stephen and me we just do our own thing," added Van den Bergh. "We just think what we need to do. He is a very talented player, he's showed it many times and is a Lakeside World Champion.

"I spent my day off doing some media and then going with my boss to a good Chinese restaurant in Birmingham and after that I’m be calling my mum, dad, girlfriend and brothers. I like to be in contact with the people I love. So I just need to be rested and ready to play Stephen."

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