Adrian Lewis will take on Michael van Gerwen later in a highly anticipated Quarter-Final at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Overall it is the culmination of lots of effort for Lewis who admitted that after losing a lot he knew it was going to click for him.

After a few years of not having it his own way, Lewis said that he feels like a brand new person and he will hope that continues tonight.

“I’ve thought that I can’t keep losing when I’m putting this much work in.“

“I knew that I was going to click. When I first started practising with Phil Taylor it took me six months to actually start winning games, I was losing every week even in public because I hadn’t been there before.

“Now I’m doing it again and I’ve got my stepson with me who is up at 6 in the morning, comes back in at 5 and we’ll practice until midnight.”

“I think that I’ve had a fair few lessons given to me over the past few years and I think to myself that ‘I’m better than you’ so it gets to the point where I start working hard,” he says.

“I lost to Simon Whitlock 6-1 in the European Championships the other week and I sat there and I thought, ‘what are you doing? What are you doing with your life?’

“I feel like a new me. I’ve had to do that because otherwise, if you’re relying on the past, you can go anywhere.”

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Author: Samuel Gill