Chris Dobey

Chris Dobey is into the Grand Prix quarter-finals (Picture: Lawrence Lustig)

Chris Dobey has his eyes on the World Grand Prix title after upsetting Gary Anderson in the second round in Dublin.

The world number 28 stunned the two-time world champion on Tuesday night, beating the Flying Scotsman 3-1 in arguably the biggest victory of his career.

The 29-year-old is competing in the double-in event for the first time in his career and now takes on fellow unseeded player Ian White in the last eight.

Hollywood has already guaranteed himself £16,000 with his run to the quarters, but is now fully focussed on picking up the £110,000 winner’s cheque on Saturday night.

‘I’m over the moon to get to the win on the stage against Gary after coming so close last time,’ Dobey told Live Darts, referring to his narrow defeat to the Scot at the 2019 World Championship.

‘I think my overall performance was pretty good and I’m delighted to have won. I knew I had the game to beat Gary and I had to keep my cool, and it’s up there with my best performances on stage.

‘It means a lot to me. This is a great competition to be in and I like the double-start format – I think it suits my game.

‘I’m not here to make the numbers up, I’m in it to win it but I’m not going to look any further forward than the next game.’

Just one seed remains in the top half of the draw after an evening of shock results on Tuesday, but that seed is the biggest fish in the pond, world champion Michael van Gerwen.

The world number one comfortably saw off Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-0 in the second round and reaffirmed his pre-tournament prediction that he will retain the title he won for a fourth time last year in Dublin.

‘I fancy my chances, especially the way I played, but I can do a lot better,’ said the Dutchman.

‘It’s always nice to defend the title, it’s difficult because a lot of pressure will be on my shoulders, but with the Irish crowd here, it’s phenomenal.’

MVG faces Mervyn King in the last eight after the veteran Englishman downed James Wade in the last 16.

On the prospect of taking on the world champ, King was unfazed, telling Live Darts: ‘I really don’t care, whatever, as I’ve always said, if Merv King turns up then Merv King stands a very good chance of winning against anybody.’

White beat Michael Smith 3-1 in the second round and after Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney fell at the first hurdle in the bottom half of the draw, just three seeds remain in the tournament.

The second round is completed on Wednesday evening as second seed Rob Cross takes on Glen Durrant, seventh seed Peter Wright meets Jermaine Wattimena, Dave Chisnall plays Stephen Bunting and Danny Noppert faces Nathan Aspinall.

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