Price survives Lewis scare at Ally Pally
Third-seed Gerwyn Price very nearly fell at the first hurdle as he came from behind to beat Jamie Lewis 3-2 in the second round of the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Monday.
The Iceman is one of the favourites to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy this year having won more tournaments than anyone else on the tour during 2020, including his success at the World Grand Prix back in October.
However, the Welshman looked in real danger of becoming the first big-name casualty at Ally Pally this year, as he at one stage trailed 2018 semi-finalist Lewis, but he was eventually able to dig deep to clinch the last-set decider.
It's not a brilliant start but I have to give credit to Jamie. He gave me a good game and I feel like I can grow into this tournament.Gerwyn Price
Price certainly had to battle hard to reach the third round, producing four 100-plus finishes late in the match but felt like having got through when playing badly that he can kick on from here.
"That wasn't my greatest performance and I probably got a bit lucky in that last set," Price told PDC.tv after beating his compatriot.
"I couldn't get going for whatever reason and he let me in when he bust 68, but I did what I do and took advantage.
"It’s not a brilliant start but I have to give credit to Jamie. He gave me a good game and I feel like I can grow into this tournament."
The 35-year-old, who is 4/6 to be crowned world champion for the first time, will now face either 30th seed Brendan Dolan or Edward Foulkes in the third round, with those two players set to do battle on Tuesday.
Some of Tuesday's other headline matches include two-time champion Adrian Lewis' clash with American Danny Baggish, 2018 winner Rob Cross' showdown against Dirk van Duijvenbode and ninth-seed Dimitri Van den Bergh's clash with Paul Lim, who is looking to make it through to third round at the age of 66.
Lim is 7/1 to spring another surprise having eliminated Luke Humphries in round one, while van den Bergh is 1/12.
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