Ahead of taking on Simon Whitlock in the first PDC World Darts Championship semi-final, Andy Hamilton has revealed that he ‘has a vision’ about winning the tournament as Bet365 make the Australian favourite in the betting odds, with James Wade taking on Adrian Lewis later this evening.
‘The Hammer’ secured his place in the final four with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts at Alexandra Palace on Friday afternoon. He was excellent throughout this contest and is now ready for the next challenge.
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Speaking about beating Huybrechts, he said: “On top of the world. It’s something I’ve dreamed about all year and I’ve put in all the hard work for getting here and it’s paying off now.”
“I can’t believe how focused and concentrated I am. I’ve probably not realised how good I am and I’ve just realised that I can do it after seven years. So this is a good tournament for me and hopefully I can really do well here.
“I don’t feel nervous one bit, I’ve had a childhood vision that I want to be world champ and I’ve got a feeling this week it could happen as I’m just so comfortable and relaxed up there.”
As for Hamilton’s opponent on Sunday evening, 2010 finalist Whitlock has spoken of his shock at making it this far in the tournament.
The Australian has been suffering with an injured ankle throughout, but maintained his focus superbly to defeat Gary Anderson at the quarter-final stage.
He said: “It’s all a bit hard to believe, but I always had that belief in myself. I wasn’t going to let my leg be a handicap to me. In fact, I’m using it to be a positive.”
“Gary didn’t play his best game – he missed a lot of doubles. I don’t think my game suited him tonight. I had to play slow because of my leg, and I know he doesn’t like to play slowly because he can’t get in a rhythm.”
It will now be interesting to see how Hamilton copes with Whitlock’s injury related slow rhythm at the dart board when they come head to head for a place in the final from 7.40pm on Sunday evening.