Van den Bergh aiming high after Betfred World Matchplay win

Dimitri Van den Bergh (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Dimitri Van den Bergh believes that "the sky is the limit" after securing the biggest title of his career to date at the Betfred World Matchplay.

The Belgian, 26, went into his World Matchplay debut as a 100/1 chance to lift the Phil Taylor Trophy, but claimed the title in style in Milton Keynes on Sunday with an 18-10 win over Gary Anderson.

The two-time World Youth Champion has been propelled to 12th on the PDC Order of Merit after taking the £150,000 top prize, and became only the tenth winner of the World Matchplay in the event's history.

However, he is looking to continue his rise up the rankings and achieve further success on the sport's biggest stages.

"I've always believed in what I have and I always kept working hard," said Van den Bergh. "The sky is the limit.

"Believe and you can achieve. I know I am now a major champion, but it's not because I managed to win a major tournament that all of a sudden everybody is going to hand me my next results.

"I still need to focus, I still need to work hard, I still need to keep my feet on the ground, I still need to be thinking about my future. 

"I will never stop believing, I will never stop achieving dreams."

Van den Bergh out-scored two-time World Champion Anderson in Sunday's final, and also landed a 170 checkout amongst four ton-plus finishes in a brilliant display of bullseye hitting as he pulled away from seven-all to take glory.

"It's unbelievable for me, especially as a debutant," Van den Bergh reflected, as he cradled the Phil Taylor Trophy.

Dimitri Van den Bergh (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

"For some reason I wasn't on it straight away, I wasn't in a zone. I reckon it's got to be being in a final of a major tournament, especially my first time in a major televised TV event.

"After the first five legs, it wasn't going the way I wanted it to go, but I still managed to win three out of the first five legs.

"After the next five legs I think I felt more controlled, more strong, but I was five-all in the second break.

"We didn't perform from the start the way we could, but I'm so happy at the end that I'm winning this [trophy]."

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