D.he tour calendar no longer has a break. Up to the world championship, which is expected to open on December 15th, things will go quickly. One week after the European Darts Championship, the world elite will meet this weekend at the World Cup, the only country comparison on the PDC Tour.
In times of the pandemic, the Professional Darts Corporation can consider the fact that it was possible to get representatives from 32 nations to Salzburg as a great success. With Singapore and China there were only two rejections. Portugal and Latvia stepped in as followers. This is also an important sign with regard to the World Cup planned for five weeks.
The German duo presented themselves in outstanding form at the start. Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp quickly won 5-0 against Finland. Clemens, the German number one and for the first time at the World Cup, started directly with a 180. Hopp checked after only eleven German darts to make it 1-0.
It was nothing less than a world class performance that brought the double to the stage. After Hopp’s second 180 at the beginning of the third leg, the number 32 and 34 were in the world rankings with an outstanding average of 120.10.
Mardle relies on Germany – England
“We played pretty well, it went very smoothly,” said Hopp after the best performance of a German doubles since the competition was launched in 2010. The final throwing average of 96.35 was the best of all the first rounds. Only the Dutch topped the value (94.0). “Great to play for Germany,” said Clemens and confirmed the impression that he had a lot of fun at his premiere.
Wayne Mardle was also confirmed. The former professional, who has been an expert on British television at Sky for years, even expects Clemens and Hopp’s big hit. “Everyone believes in Wales with Clayton and Price, but that doesn’t mean they play well here. Others can do that too. Michael van Gerwen once again has a new partner in Danny Noppert, ”said Mardle about the usual suspects before he gave his personal tip.
“I’m assuming a final between England and Germany. With the Germans as winners. Clemens is world class. And Hopp is playing his best B-game of his life. One should fear Clemens and Hopp. “
The German commentators also have a lot of confidence in Team Germany. “The German team is stronger than ever before,” said Elmar Paulke. Robert Marijanovic, co-commentator at DAZN, was more specific: “My favorite are the Dutch, followed by Wales. But then I already have the Germans on the slip. Both are in great shape. It leaves a lot of room for hope, but also for pressure. “
The two highly acclaimed, placed at number six, do not allow themselves to be stressed by the expectations. “We can’t buy anything from it,” replied Clemens. “Our shape is good. But we are far from winning the tournament. We have to win another game first to reach the final day on Sunday. But we certainly don’t have to hide here, ”said Hopp, naming Wales and the Netherlands as strong competitors.
The Welsh also showed no nakedness at the start. Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton defeated Russia 5-0. And the Netherlands, a possible opponent of the quarter-final against the Germans, were also harmed. Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert defeated Brazil 5-1. That left a big surprise in the first round. The number four seeded Northern Irish with Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan lost 2: 5 against Canada.
Clemens and Hopp will meet in the round of 16 on Saturday, live from 1 p.m. at Streaming service DAZN to see, now in the last match of the day on Greece, which surprisingly prevailed 5-0 against Sweden.
Unlike in the first round, which was decided on a double, then two singles are also played. The German duo want to discuss their tactics as they did on Friday while walking through Salzburg and then, unlike last year, move into the quarter-finals.
The first round
Lithuania – Gibraltar 5: 3
Portugal 5-0 Hungary
New Zealand 5-2 Denmark
Canada – Northern Ireland (4) 5-2
Belgium (5) – Czech Republic 5: 4
Austria (8) – USA 5: 2
England (1) – Philippines 5: 3
Spain 5-4 Italy
Scotland 5-3 Japan
Greece 5-0 Sweden
Poland – South Africa 5-0
Australia – Ireland (7) 5-2
Wales (2) –Russia 5-0
Germany (6) – Finland 5-0
Netherlands (3) – Brazil 5-1
Latvia 5-4 Hong Kong
The last sixteen
Canada – New Zealand
Austria (8) – Portugal
Belgium (5) – Latvia
England (1) – Lithuania
Wales (2) – Scotland
Australia – Poland
Netherlands (3) – Spain
Germany (6) – Greece
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