Rob Cross lost out 16-8 in the final of the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts with Luke Humphries winning his second major title in 42 days in a final often seen this year on the European Tour as two of the most consistent players collided.
For Cross though, he was honest in defeat and said that the better player won and that while it hurts, it's how he regroups next that will be the main test.
In saying that, he set his sights firmly on next weekend which sees the Players Championship Finals which is the last major tournament before the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace.
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"The best man won on the night, no doubt about it - he was fantastic," said Cross. "I gave it my best but I lost to the better man - he played great. The crowds have been amazing and so respectful, and I've really enjoyed going up there and trying to produce my best stuff in front of them.
"Sometimes you don't always get what you want in life, and sometimes you have to take it on the chin. It's a little bit hurtful to lose but he was excellent tonight.
"I've had a good week and I'll come back. I'm playing great at the minute and I'm in a really good place. I'll regroup and go into next week with the ambitions to win that."