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Whitlock edges Van Gerwen in epic decider on incredible Quarter-Final day at the Grand Slam of Darts

Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Day Seven preview and order of play: Last eight lock horns

Jamie Shaw in Grand Slam of Darts 22 Nov 2020
Aspinall and Van den Bergh collide (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Quarter-Finals take centre stage over two sessions at the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls aim to keep their title dream alive.

The £550,000 major reaches its business end as a host of box office names battle it out over the long-haul format for the right to reach Monday’s Semi-Finals.

Only one man left standing in the field has previously tasted success in this competition, while three are out in search of their first major title.

Michael van Gerwen dominated this event from 2015-2017 and steps his quest for a fourth Grand Slam crown with a clash against his recent nemesis Simon Whitlock.

Whitlock has won their last two televised meetings – at the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix – having previously lost 15 matches in a row to the Dutch sensation.

Van Gerwen appears refocused and rejuvenated in Coventry this week as he bids to end an eight-month exile from the winner’s circle in a televised major.

The UK Open champion has swept through the field so far, dropping just six legs in victories over Adam Hunt, Gabriel Clemens, Joe Cullen and rival Gary Anderson – who he thrashed 10-2 on Saturday night.

The green machine will be determined to gain revenge on ‘The Wizard’ – who finds himself in a third major Quarter-Final of a resurgent season for the 51-year-old.

Whitlock is appearing in his fourth Grand Slam Quarter-Final since 2008 as he bids to surpass this stage for the first time and complete a remarkable hat-trick over MVG.

Van Gerwen aims to gain his revenge on Whitlock (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The evening’s opening contest sees reigning World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh take on Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall.

Van den Bergh has been undoubtedly the stand-out performer of the tournament so far, setting a new Grand Slam record average of 118.45 alongside two further ton-plus averages in topping his group.

He then went on to thrash Jonny Clayton 10-3 in the Last 16 with a 103.6 average for a place in his second Grand Slam Quarter-Final in the space of three years.

Aspinall, who was beaten by Van den Bergh in the opening round of the World Matchplay, finds himself at this stage of the competition for the first time, having progressed in dramatic circumstances.

The former UK Open champion finished runner-up in Group H, losing 5-1 to Van den Bergh in the process, but went on to dethrone reigning and back-to-back champion Gerwyn Price 10-8 in a thriller on Saturday.

The Stockport star will now be eyeing a dose of revenge over the Belgian ace as he aims to reach his sixth major Semi-Final since 2019.

The opening match of the afternoon promises to be a masterclass of scoring as multiple major finalist Michael Smith takes on Portuguese sensation Jose De Sousa.

The duo have contested a series of high quality encounters in recent weeks, with Smith edging De Sousa 8-7 in the final of a Winter Series event, before prevailing 5-2 in the group stage this week with a 102.5 average to The Special One’s 99.

Smith, a semi-finalist at the Wolves Civic in 2015, came through an epic Quarter-Final decider against his World Cup team-mate Rob Cross last night, landing eleven 180s in the process.

De Sousa has enjoyed a dream debut campaign so far to continue his meteoric rise up the world rankings and into the world’s top 32 for the first time.

The European Grand Prix champion held off a spirited Dave Chisnall fightback to close out a 10-7 win in the Last 16 and is now braced for the longest match of his career so far.

James Wade aims to move a step closer to a third Grand Slam final in the space of a decade by ending the impressive debut run of Damon Heta.

Wade, who narrowly fell short of glory in 2010 and 2016, stormed to the top of his group with maximum points before thrashing Ian White 10-4 with a 98 average.

Runner-up in the recent European Championship, ‘The Machine’ appears rebooted and refocused as he looks to add to his tally of nine televised titles – the third most in PDC history.

Heta, the 2019 Brisbane Masters champion, lost out to Wade in the group stage on the way to finishing second, but pulled off a 10-7 win over Devon Petersen to book his place in a first major Quarter-Final.

The Aussie ace is now entering uncharted territory over this format and knows he must raise his game if he is to shut down ‘The Machine’ and continue his superb run.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

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Boylesports Grand Slam of Darts 2020 Schedule

Sunday November 22

Quarter-Finals

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)
Michael Smith v Jose De Sousa
Damon Heta v James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock