NATHAN ASPINALL made history by becoming the first-ever PDC title winner is his own kitchen…and then jumped in his hot tub to celebrate.
The World No.7 added to his UK Open and World Series titles by taking Home Tour glory in a nail-biting finish on Friday night. The Asp won a crucial fourth game over Gary Anderson in a deciding leg 6-5 and then overcame Jonny Clayton in a similar fashion with double eight to take the title.
He also beat Jelle Klaasen on the way to the title and then held up a makeshift dinner plate he turned into a trophy after his 12th successful game win. He said: “I’m really pleased to win this.
It actually means a lot. “I found Gary’s anger side. I wasn’t that focused at the start. It’s hard on your own, I’m just in my kitchen.”
“I tried to focus so hard at the end of the day he’s one of the best players to ever throw a dart.
Any win over Gary whether it’s at home or on the World Championship stage”.
“I wanted to be crowned the winner of this, it was a fantastic game.
I’m sure the punters loved that. “I’m now going to jump into my hot tub to celebrate! ”
Aspinall has now won three events this year despite the lockdown and now has his sights set on glory at the Matchplay from July 18.He said: “I’ve hardly been practising during lockdown to be honest, it’s been horrendous. I’ve been trying to play in a few online comps and getting beat first round and second round. I’ve been rubbish to be fair.“In the Home Tour the first few weeks I was pretty poor but I’ve started putting the work in because the rumours were that the Matchplay was going ahead. It takes a couple of weeks to get back to your best.“
“I’m not sure about the Pro Tours, I have a feeling they might put a couple on which I hope they do.“I am up there with the best on the world, I was playing really well before the break. Obviously no one can help what happened, it’s been a tough time for everyone.
“I’ve had two months off with the family, it’s been lovely. Enough’s enough now, I’ve got a job to do, I want to get back to being on the tour.”
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