Max Hopp delights home crowd at the German Darts Grand Prix
Max Hopp enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals on the European Tour for the first time since the European Darts Matchplay back in 2016, where James Wade took the title.
Hopp came through the host nation qualifiers on Friday evening in Munich with World Cup of Darts teammate Martin Schindler and fellow Germans Rene Berndt and Maik Lagendorf.
Schindler, Lagendorf and Berndt all exited in the opening round at the Zenith but Hopp saw off both Rowby-John Rodriguez and Mervyn King to progress to the third round in front of a 3,000 strong German crowd all chanting for the main man in German darts.
This was Hopp’s first win on the European Tour since Sindelfingen last May!
The former World Youth Champion resumed his progress on the final day in Germany as he produced a huge upset, beating Premier League competitor Mensur Suljovic.
‘The Maximiser’ averaged 102.25 and converted six of his ten attempts at double as he produced an outstanding display on home land.
Hopp’s run eventually came to an end as he was beaten in the quarter-finals by a former winner on the European Tour in James Wade.
The World Cup of Darts is just around the corner taking place in Frankfurt next month and both Martin Schindler and Max Hopp are finding their form at the correct time in the run up to the event.
2018 German Darts Grand Prix
Monday April 2
James Wade 6-1 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen 6-0 Steve West
Peter Wright 6-0 Alan Tabern
Rob Cross 6-5 Luke Humphries
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Ian White
Keegan Brown 6-5 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Alan Norris
James Wade 6-3 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-1 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Keegan Brown
Peter Wright 7-3 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Peter Wright