Michael van Gerwen has already turned his attention to the Betfred World Matchplay after crashing out of the German Darts Masters at the first-round stage (Van Gerwen 5/4 fav Matchplay Outright).
The world number one was a red-hot favourite to move past Martin Schindler in Cologne but blew a 5-1 lead to lose 6-5 to ‘The Wall’.
Schindler, 22, will now play Mensur Suljovic in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening, with the winner in line to face either Rob Cross or Germany’s Gabriel Clemens (Schindler 12/5, Suljovic 1/3 – Match Betting).
It was a match of two halves for MVG, who dominated proceedings before imploding to lose five legs in a row and, after praising his opponent, the Dutchman admitted his thoughts are now on Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
“All the credit to Martin Schindler for coming back to win that match, but I shouldn’t have put myself in that position and can only blame myself,” he said.
“Felt good and playing well, but missed good opportunities to finish the job and got punished. Full focus on the Matchplay from now.”
Schindler was overjoyed at the result and confessed it will be hard to top.
“This may be the biggest win of my career, I’m not even sure at the moment, but when it sinks in I think it will be my biggest win,” he said.
The quarter-final line-up also includes Peter Wright against German Nico Kurz, while Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney faces James Wade (Gurney Evens, Wade 4/5 – Match Betting).