A WEEK of shocks in the PartyPoker.com World Darts Grand Prix continued last night as two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis was knocked out by Michael van Gerwen who reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the very first time.
'Mighty Mike', as the Dutch youngster is known, raced into a first set lead without dropping a leg. However, Lewis fought back and inflicted the same punishment with a whitewash in the second set.
Lewis was out of sorts despite that however, and van Gerwen went on to take the next two sets and book his place in tonight's quarter-final against Andy Hamilton.
Van Gerwen said: "This is a major result for me and I keep fighting and fighting and this does a lot for my confidence. The crowd were great for me and I'd like to thank them.
"This is the most difficult tournament of the year because of the double in format and I hope I can keep going and win it."
With Lewis sent packing and players of the calibre of Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld all out of contention, there is a wide-open feel to the Grand Prix and another of last night's winners Hamilton declared his hopes to be still in Dublin on Sunday evening, after battling back from a 2-1 deficit to knock out Steve Beaton.
Hamilton was this year's runner-up in the World Championships and despite that good run, he still awaits a first major but said last night: "I'm ready to win this title."
He added: "Once Phil Taylor goes out of the tournament, even though he was in the opposite half to me, everybody pushes on their game because he's such a great player.
"There's going to be a new name on the trophy, and hopefully it's mine," said Hamilton.
Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan will continue his quest to go one step better than last year's final defeat at the hands of Taylor as he faces Justin Pipe tonight's quarter-final.
Dolan has accounted for Gary Anderson and Vincent van der Voort already this week and is looking towards another big scalp to set up a semi-final place tomorrow night.