Gabriel Clemens delighted Germany at the Darts World Cup in London
Dfor the fact that, in his own words, he was “actually dead”. Gabriel Clemens totally alive again after the darts thriller from London. The highly emotional 4: 3 of the national leader against the Welshman Jim Williams not only cheered football star Thomas Müller, but also awoke a few dreams of darts Germany again of the really big hit in “Ally Pally”. Not only the 750 loud Germany fans in London’s Alexandra Palace are now asking themselves the question: Can this Gabriel Clemens make it as far as no other German has done before at the World Cup after reaching the round of 16? In fact, only one win is missing.
Primus Gerwyn Price was also enthusiastic about the “German Giant” on Tuesday evening – and was already thinking about a possible quarter-final duel on New Year’s Day. “He played the three legs of his life. Jim was on top, I’ve never seen Gabriel like that. He delivered under pressure. Maybe I’ll meet him soon,” said the Welshman at Price DAZN. Seen soberly, Clemens only did his duty against the number 37 (William O’Connor from Ireland) and the 77 in the world (Williams). It is already much more emotional, which was also due to the dramatic course of the third round game.
“Gaga showed such nerve”
“I was actually dead, then somehow managed to pull my head out of the noose. I’ve had a few good moments,” said 39-year-old Clemens, describing the tricky moments when he was 2-3 sets and 0-2 legs behind Williams. The Welshman even had a match dart in the sixth set, but missed it. After that, the whole game collapsed. Now Williams has to leave, while Germany’s number one continues to play for big prize money and huge prestige after the impressive comeback. “I’m speechless, especially with the bull finish at the end. Gaga showed such nerves,” praised Profi Max Hopp his colleagues.
Except for Clemens, who has done this for the second time, no German has yet reached the World Cup round of 16. In the round of the best 16, the winner of the game Danny Noppert (Netherlands) against Alan Soutar (Scotland) is waiting for the Saarlander. “In the round of 16 there is no longer a bad one,” stressed Clemens.
Also Bayern professional miller swept up and down in front of the television. “What a great #darts match by Gabriel Clemens,” wrote the 33-year-old on Twitter. In “Ally Pally” Clemens is becoming more and more a specialist for such darts crime thrillers: in 2021 he first beat world champion Peter Wright 4:3 before he lost 3:4 to Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in a gripping manner.
And now that. Clemens was still sweaty and exhausted, but then said quickly: “The rest day is enough to calm down. Now a few more interviews. Everything will be back to normal tomorrow morning.” At least the stress of traveling is over now. For the Christmas holidays, Clemens traveled to Saarland again temporarily. Now he’s staying in for so long Londonuntil the tournament is over for him.
Also on his rest day on Wednesday, “Gaga” planned a visit to Alexandra Palace, this time to support his compatriot Martin Schindler in his duel with the English world-class player Michael Smith. “Of course I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Martin. He was here with me, now I’ll accompany him,” said Clemens.