Lewis 'fired up' ahead of Van den Bergh Quarter-Final clash: "I'll be ready for him. I always seem to come good in longer games"

Adrian Lewis will target World Matchplay glory if he can get past Dimitri van den Bergh in the Quarter-Finals on Friday and he is 'fired up' ahead of the clash.

Lewis as well as losing lots of weight during lockdown has shifted his mindset also and believes he is a different player to when he lost out to Van den Bergh at the most recent World Championship.

"I've come back and this is my thought process going forward now - I think I have got to forget that I have won two world titles, forget everything else that I've done in the game," said Lewis to the Darts Show Podcast.

"I've got to start afresh and become a player that is just coming through the ranks really."

"He beat me 4-3 at the Worlds but to be honest I don't think I played well at all. I was probably lucky to get three sets. I think he is going to have a different test on his hands.

"I'll be fired up and I'll be ready for him. I always seem to come good in longer games. It is probably the fact you've got a lot more time to settle in.

"Sometimes you can come off firing straight away, where other times when it's a shorter format you feel like you're on the back foot a little bit.

"You try and push yourself to get that early lead and it doesn't always work like that. It can work against you, but with it being a longer format now you've got a lot more time to settle in and hopefully I can do it."

Lewis 'fired up' ahead of Van den Bergh Quarter-Final clash:
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