PDC World Championship: Luke Humphries feels it's 'time to push on' after reaching third quarter-final at Alexandra Palace
Luke Humphries believes his last-16 win over Chris Dobey in the World Darts Championship was one of his best performances on television.
The 26-year-old came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to win 4-3 at Alexandra Palace and reach a third quarter-final in four years.
In one of the games of the tournament, Humphries admitted how his emotions were ‘quite high’ after his winning display.
“It was darting drama and the World Championship is starting to set alight now and people are starting to turn up and play well.
“My emotions are quite high at the moment because what a fantastic game of darts to be involved in.
“He [Dobey] put me under pressure all the time, but I am so happy with the resilience I showed to come back into that game.”
It’s only the second game Humphries has played in this year’s tournament as he received a bye in the third round after Dave Chisnall had to withdraw due to a positive Covid-19 test.
Dobey also received the same when Michael van Gerwen pulled out and Humphries was thrilled with how he played.
When asked if it was his best-ever performance, he said: “It probably is one of the best over the long distance.
“It is up there with one of, if not, the best performances I have had on television.
“I thought my 180s were better than what people expected and the new darts worked very well.
“There were a couple of legs where I wasn’t hitting a treble at all, but if I can get these darts working I can go well.”
On making it to the last-eight for a third time, Humphries admitted how he’s now ready for the next stage of the tournament.
“The first two times I got to the quarter-finals, I was over the moon to get there and happy, but now I am set in the top 20 in the world and I am not settled because I want to do bigger things now.
“I can’t sit here and be happy, it’s now my time to push on.
“You dream about winning it before you even come here and you dream of how it feels to pick that trophy up and see your family in the crowd.
“It could be this year, or it could be in 10 years, but I am in a good position for the third time and hopefully I can push further.
“I am desperate to get past the stage because getting to a semi-final would see me into the last-16.
“A lot of people say I am a top 16 player, but where I am ranked is probably where I should be.
“It is a big opportunity and every game I win from here on is huge for my career and it’s the time, for me, to do it now if I want to kick on.”