The excitement was soon gone in the final. Horvat grabbed a 5-1 lead and threw out 115 moments later to take the lead to 7-3. He then needed just one more leg to grab the final victory.
Dragutin Horvat wins the Europe Super League and will take part in the PDC World Darts Championship again after 7 year absence
"The 115 was important. I've never thrown it like that before. But it doesn't matter. I showed that an old hand like me can still take on the youngsters."
The man from Kassel also had words of praise for his opponent Rupprecht. "Congratulations Pascal. Unfortunately, he lost the final. Pascal deserved it as much as anyone else. I was lucky and privileged to win this and fly to London to represent the German colours at the World Championships."
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For Horvat, it will be his second participation at Alexandra Palace. He is sure that his current participation will be very different from his first. "I will enjoy it this time. I wasn't doing that last time because it was so exciting, everything was new then. I couldn't enjoy it. And this time I'm just going to watch it and just play."
The 47-year-old German is just not sure yet if he will be allowed to compete. ''I have to talk to my boss at work first. I have no vacation, no leave. Maybe I won't even be allowed to go to London, I don't know...," he concludes.