De Ruiter kept alive Dutch hopes of winning a second world title in two weeks with a thrilling quarter-final triumph over Gary Robson.
Then qualifier Nixon, another man unconsidered as a possible champion at the outset of the tournament, held his nerve after Paul Hanvidge had fought back from 4-1 down to level at 4-4.
(article from U.TV)
Nixon, a 50-year-old house-husband from Durham, came through three separate qualifying competitions at county, national and international level to secure his Lakeside debut.
His lack of experience on the Frimley Green stage has not been evident, however, and Nixon looked to be cruising into the semi-finals when he led 4-1 against the Scot.
But six match darts for a 5-1 win went begging and Hanvidge gleaned encouragement, working his way back into it as Nixon clearly became edgy with the winning post in sight.
He regrouped in the deciding set though and despite having struggled on double top earlier in the contest, Nixon finally hit it to complete a 105 checkout that sent him into the last four.
“I`m elated,” said Nixon. “I just had to keep telling myself not to muck it up – just hit the double and enjoy it.
“I want to keep winning now. I`ll go to bed early tonight, have a good rest, get up early in the morning and think positive.”
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