Adrian Lewis is hoping to kick on after showing glimpses of the kind of form which helped him win back-to-back world titles during his victory against Steve Beaton at the World Matchplay on Monday.
The 2013 World Matchplay runner-up roared his way to an 11-9 victory over Steve Beaton, hitting six 180s and missed just eight darts at double as he recorded his highest TV average in 18 months of 97.27.
Lewis, from Stoke-on-Trent, will take on Danny Noppert next after the rising Dutch talent shocked world No 3 Gerwyn Price.
Phil Taylor’s one-time protege, Lewis, has adopted a new training regime after he found himself munching crisps and chocolate at night. The 35-year-old says he now feels much better thanks to his recent weight loss.
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I though to myself before the start of the tournament that this could be my last Matchplay unless I knuckle down. That was my feeling inside.
“It’s a massive win for me,” said Lewis. “Every time I did my job and got ahead of him I let him off the hook, but fair play to Steve he took his chances.
“I didn’t get going at the Summer Series, but it was a good experience which put me in good stead for this tournament.
“I’m playing well enough, I’m showing glimpses but to win this tournament I know I’ve got to have my head on the whole way through.
“I’ve had to make a few slight adjustments because of my weight loss but I feel better for it.
“Danny (Noppert) has been playing well for the last 18 months, so that’s another match I will have to be up for.
“I though to myself before the start of the tournament that this could be my last Matchplay unless I knuckle down. That was my feeling inside. But now I’ve got past the first round and I’m in it to win it.”
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His next opponent Noppert took full advantage to inflict a fourth successive round-one defeat on Welshman Price at the summer’s biggest tournament.
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