Max Hopp smashed Danny Noppert in a straight sets win to confirm a tie with Michael van Gerwen in the next round.
For Hopp he said despite him expecting a close encounter he put the pressure on in the first set. He faces Van Gerwen in the third round and is looking forward to this clash, especially on the Alexandra Palace stage.
“I see Danny on a similar level to myself so I was expecting a close encounter, but I think I put a lot of pressure on him by winning the first set,” said Hopp.
“Now I can look forward to playing the best player in the world on the biggest stage in the world – what more can I ask for?”
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Author: Samuel Gill