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Darts News. A smiling Nathan Aspinall is a dangerous Nathan Aspinall, and after a year of being greeted by silence on stage the former UK Open champion has been revitalised by the return of spectators. As much was clear on Monday night as he soaked up the electricity of 2, fans inside the Winter Gardens to see off a Mervyn King fightback and progress to the second round of the World Matchplay for the first time in his career.
It may not have been the pumping and adrenaline-filled 'full Nathan Aspinall' experience, but the occasional roar to camera and crowd interaction was reflective of a man feeling a whole lot better about his darts. Aspinall, who sits 11th on the Order of Merit, has not turned a blind eye to a recent dip in the PDC rankings, instead harnessing it as added motivation to reach the pinnacle of a career he has devoted his life to.
He now feels the transition back to pre-COVID atmospheres will play a major role in helping him achieve that. I've missed them [the fans], okay it wasn't amazing tonight [Monday] but I'm better when I've got a smile on my face and I'm happy and I was happy tonight.
Live on. A clinical Aspinall romped to a lead in his first session against King, before weathering a fightback from the Masters finalist to secure a third break of throw and see out the match It was the clutch response to a pressure situation against an experienced customer that glossed a fine opening performance for the Englishman. The end game pleased me the most. As with all competing at the Matchplay this week, it was only too natural for Aspinall to find himself absorbing every ounce of energy from the fans. Such has been the length of their absence, it was also a swift reminder of the need to focus on the job at hand, even if it is a difficult ask.
Awaiting Aspinall in the next round is darting idol Gary Anderson after the Matchplay champion and finalist eased past Stephen Bunting with a win. Besides staging his pursuit of a second major title, the tournament is also an opportunity for Aspinall to continue his quest for a spot in his nation's World Cup team. Check out daily Darts news on skysports. World Matchplay: Nathan Aspinall playing with a smile again after difficult 12 months Nathan Aspinall will face Gary Anderson in the second round of the World Matchplay on Wednesday after overcoming Mervyn King in his opening match.
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