The unseeded Max ‘Maximiser’ Hopp is 2018 German Darts Open champion.
Almost no one would have guessed this result. An absolutely fantastic day of darts all wrapped up with a sensation of a champion.
When the day started people had Michael van Gerwen as the favourite, but sensationally lost to Ian White. His first loss in 27 matches in the European Tour.
Swedish Daniel Larsson also competed today, but unfortunately he never reached his top level against Joe Cullen and lost 6-2.
And then there was Max Hopp. No one could have written it any better. The young German won at home in Germany.
His first match of the day against Benito van de Pas was not that good. Both players had averages under 85. But Max won 6-4. The same result he got in the quarter-final against Joe Cullen.
In the semi-final he met the world champion Rob Cross and with a average at 100,23 and a 121-checkout in the decisive leg, he suddenly was in the final.
Michael Smith was up with 3-0 and 6-3, nobody figured that Max Hopp would have any chance to win the match. But suddenly he started to make high scores and Michael Smith could not hit the doubles. At position 6-6 Max had an opportunity for a 170-checkout, but he missed the bull and Michael made it 7-6.
But Max did not give up and after equalising to 7-7 he made yet another 121-checkout in the decisive leg. What a day and what a tournament for the young German.