Adrian Lewis believes he can go on to win the world title “at least 10 times” after he retained his Ladbrokes PDC World Darts crown with a comfortable victory over Andy Hamilton at Alexandra Palace on Monday evening.
The 26-year-old secured a 7-3 win over his fellow Stoke-born opponent in a fairly one-sided contest in the capital to hand him back-to-back world titles.
The final had begun with both players struggling for top form and it ebbed and flowed initially with the score locked at 2-2 after four sets. Those following the online darts betting will have been on the edge of their seats.
Lewis slowly began to assume control, however, and a 12-dart leg gave him a 3-2 lead before he extended his advantage to two legs by winning the next.
Hamilton, who had the majority of the packed crowd on his side, then hit back to make it 4-3 before Lewis upped his game to again take a two-set lead at 5-3.
He never looked back after that and soon claimed the final two sets to seal an impressive victory – and also secure the £200,000 winner’s cheque in the process.
Afterwards, Lewis insisted the win, following hot on the heels of last year’s success, was only the start of his bid to dominate the event ever the coming years and he has set his sights on many more titles in the future.
The champion said: “It’s not quite sunk in yet. I take everything on the chin and have a busy year ahead. This is (title) number two and I’ll have a lot more.
When asked how many times he could win the world title, he replied: “At least 10.”
Lewis was also questioned on how he felt after his late-night finish on New Year’s Day against James Wade when he came from 5-1 down to eventually win a classic semi-final 6-5 and he admitted that stunning win had set him up for the final.
“The fightback against James Wade last night won me the tournament. I believed in myself,” he added.