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Dave Chisnall stuns holder van Gerwen with brilliant win in Dublin Grand Prix
7:37am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Sport
DAVE CHISNALL knocked reigning partypoker.com World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen out of the tournament with a thrilling 3-2 quarter-final victory on Friday night, as Phil Taylor, James Wade and Justin Pipe also won through to the semi-finals in Dublin.
World number seven Chisnall produced arguably the finest performance of his career so far as he hit ten 180s and held off van Gerwen's fightback from two sets down to rally and claim a five-set victory.
The St Helens ace will now play Pipe for a place in Sunday's final at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, but was able to savour a memorable win over the Dutch star.
Chisnall left the reigning champion reeling by taking the first set without reply, hitting 180s in all three legs, before taking the second set 3-1 by continuing his brilliant start.
Van Gerwen began his comeback by winning the third set 3-2, taking out a superb 127 finish in the deciding leg, only for Chisnall - a former Lakeside Championship runner-up and UK Open semi-finalist - to land an 11-darter as he moved 2-0 up in the fourth set.
Van Gerwen hit back to level as Chisnall missed one match dart, at double 16 in leg four, before the world number two took out 92 to win the set and level the game.
Chisnall, though, steadied himself by winning the opening two legs of the deciding set in 13 and 15 darts, and after van Gerwen won leg four, he posted a tenth 180 of the game and finished double ten to seal a fine victory.
"I'm over the moon, I can't believe it," said Chisnall. "This is my best win because I knew that if I produced what I can do then I'd have a chance, and I played well.
"Michael didn't play his best darts and even when he came back I felt I was scoring better than him. I'm really happy to be through and I've not shown my best yet - but that was close to it.
"You have to have a good start against Michael because if you don't, he'll get confidence from you not hitting your doubles, but I was building confidence from him not hitting his doubles.
"I've beaten Phil Taylor in the World Championship before and now I've beaten Michael here, so I've shown that I can beat the two best players in the world."
He added: "I'm going to take one step at a time, relax on Saturday and see how I go on against Justin. I've played Justin a lot of times before and I'll just focus on my own game, but it will be one of the biggest matches of my career."
Pipe's earlier 3-1 win over Andy Hamilton put him into the semis against Chisnall - with the winner not only guarateed a place in the World Grand Prix final but also a spot in next month's William Hill Grand Slam of Darts.