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Nordic Darts Masters 2023 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Nordic Darts Masters 2023 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Nordic Darts Masters 20 Jan 2023
Gerwyn Price reacts (Photo credit: Taka Wu/PDC)

The third staging of the Nordic Darts Masters commences in Copenhagen on Friday as the PDC stars and Nordic & Baltic representatives collide.

A selection of the sport’s biggest names return to Forum Copenhagen from January 20-21 for the second World Series event of the year.

The opening round sees the eight PDC representatives (seeded following last week’s Bahrain Masters), each take on a Nordic & Baltic representative.

Man of the moment Michael Smith starts his quest for a third televised title on the spin with a tie against Lithuanian number one – Darius Labanauskas.

Newly-crowned World Champion Smith picked up from where he left off at Alexandra Palace earlier this month by claiming Bahrain Masters glory a week ago and will be out to extend his emphatic winning run.

Smith, who reached the Semi-Finals here last time out, faces a tricky opening test against former World Championship quarter-finalist Labanauskas – who has also hit a nine-darter at Ally Pally.

Michael van Gerwen marks his first competitive appearance of the season with a tie against Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson.

Van Gerwen saw his quest for a fourth world title fall painfully short with defeat to Smith in a classic final just over a fortnight ago and starts his new campaign in search of an 18th World Series success.

The world number three claimed the inaugural Nordic Masters title in 2021 and will be keen to put down a marker by regaining the crown and getting his season off to the perfect start.

Harrysson has competed in both the BDO and WDF World Championships, as well as on the PDC European Tour, and is making his World Series debut.

Reigning champion Dimitri Van den Bergh kicks off the defence of his title with a clash against Latvian star Madars Razma.

Van den Bergh claimed the first of his two World Series titles here last year with a crushing win over Gary Anderson in the final and recently enjoyed a landmark run to his first World Championship Semi-Final.

Razma is no stranger to a scalp on this stage, having defeated Nathan Aspinall in 2021 and enjoyed an impressive 2022 which saw him reach a European Tour Semi-Final and the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix.

Reigning World Series Finals winner Gerwyn Price aims to go one better than last week’s runner-up spot in Bahrain, and he starts out against Denmark’s Benjamin Drue Reus.

Drue Reus was whitewashed 6-0 by Van den Bergh last June and will be determined to give his home crowd something to cheer about this time around.

Two-time World Champion Peter Wright aims to avert a potential scalp at the hands of Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson.

Wright, a three-time World Series event winner, is making his 47th World Series appearance and is looking to play himself back into form ahead of next week’s Masters.

Nilsson, 46, is no stranger to the televised stage, having competed in both the PDC and BDO World Championships, as well as the World Cup of Darts.

World number five Luke Humphries opens up against Finland’s Marko Kantele.

Humphries squandered a 5-1 lead in an eventual 6-5 defeat to Raymond van Barneveld on his World Series debut in Bahrain last week and is on a collision course for a potential Quarter-Final clash with Michael Smith on Saturday.

Kantele is a former PDC Tour Card holder who has made four Ally Pally appearances and has featured in every staging of the World Cup of Darts since 2015.

Jonny Clayton, who picked up the New South Wales Masters title last year, takes on Swedish number one Daniel Larsson.

Clayton was beaten by Price in the Quarter-Finals last week, having also reached the Quarter-Finals of the World Championship for the first time at the beginning of the year.

Larsson, who dropped off the PDC tour at the end of 2021, was beaten in straight sets by Adrian Lewis in the First Round of the recent World Championship.

Former World Champion Rob Cross, whose sole World Series title to date came in Brisbane in 2018, faces Denmark’s Vladimir Andersen – a current Tour Card holder who was beaten 6-2 by Michael Smith here last year.

The action gets under way from 6pm GMT, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Nordic Darts Masters 2023 Day One Schedule

All times GMT (local time +1 hour)

Friday January 20

First Round

6pm-10pm
Luke Humphries v Marko Kantele
Jonny Clayton v Daniel Larsson
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Madars Razma
Gerwyn Price v Benjamin Drue Reus
Peter Wright v Dennis Nilsson
Michael Smith v Darius Labanauskas
Rob Cross v Vladimir Andersen
Michael van Gerwen v Andreas Harrysson

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