Rob Cross secures spot in the semi-finals of PDC world darts tournament with a remarkable comeback that leaves Chris Dobey stunned.

In the 46-year history of world championship darts, no player had ever come back from a 4-0 deficit in sets to win the match. However, Rob Cross, who famously won the title as a debutant in 2018, accomplished one of the sport’s greatest comebacks and stated, “I love being different.” He defeated Chris Dobey 5-4 and advanced to a thrilling semi-final against teenager Luke Littler, displaying the same fearless audacity and momentum.

Dobey, the Masters champion and an exceptional player in this year’s tournament, started to show signs of vulnerability as Cross slowly closed in on his lead. Despite Dobey’s confidence and skill, his performance on double-16 and double-eight began to falter under pressure. His focus wavered, and for the first time, he was faced with the possibility of defeat.

Still, it takes a player like Cross, with his rare opportunism and talent, to capitalize on such situations. Despite only partially fulfilling the promise shown in his surprising debut victory six years ago, Cross has never lost his ambition, energy, or sense of spectacle. Again and again, his third dart saved him from a visit without a treble, and he consistently hit crucial doubles. Even as Dobey approached victory, Cross managed to limit him to just one match dart in the seventh set, a shot at bull for a 124 finish.

Unlike Phill Nixon, who failed to overcome a 6-0 deficit against Martin Adams in the 2007 British Darts Organisation final, Cross excelled in the decider, showcasing his skills. Finishing with 117 and 130 gave him the advantage, Dobey leveled the score, and then Cross stunned with a near-impossible 10-dart leg to take a 4-3 lead. Finally, he closed out the match with a two-dart checkout of 70, securing an emotional victory.

Despite Dobey’s impressive statistics – averaging 100, hitting 17 180s compared to Cross’s 10, and having nearly twice as many attempts at double – his nerves failed him, much like in his previous match against Cross in the World Matchplay. Cross won 17 of the last 25 legs, affirming his nerves of steel and stating, “I never believe I’m beaten, even when I’m down 4-0. I have unwavering confidence in myself, no matter who my opponent is.”

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