Do you enjoy it to be so well-known or don't you like it?
I don't feel famous or well-known. I know I am but I don't feel so. And I wake up every morning with the idea I am poor and have to work hard... It would be a fault to think I am rich and don't have to work
Is the price money still important for you or is it more the competition?
Yes, of course, it's not that I need the money but the family can do with it. I've got a big family with children and grand children - they all need houses and cars.
Was there ever a time you lost all interest in playing darts?
Never. I always enjoyed and loved it,
How difficult is it for you to still motivate yourself - you've won more or less everything on can win - don't you ever have a problem to motivate you for still another tournament?
It is no problem at all. I still love it. I love it on stage - that's something you have to do. There are players here who don't love and enjoy it. They better should leave it.
Or is your motivation more to be plan better and better and to get more and more perfect?
That is certainly part of my motivation. But as I said it's really no problem to motivate myself at all.
Do you think one really could play perfect matches in a row during a tournament or will the human factor in the end hinder that?Of course I would love to be able to do that, Nine-Darter after Nine- Darter after Nine-Darter. But realistically I don't think it will ever happen. As I always say fail to prepare properly - prepare to fail. You are German you'll understand this I would say I think German - I really want to do as good as possible A lot of English players don't understand - and off they are to ..the pub
Do you like a tight competition?
I would say I like a good match. My opponent in some way doesn't matter to me at all. I am there to give my best and to make the best even better. But I like it when my opponent gives his best as well and doesn't just give in. That's something I estimate.
You told me once might be you win so often because you are most experienced in winning - but how difficult is it to get out of a too experienced in losing circle?
I think that change might b e the solution. When you keep losing there must be something wrong with your practice - so try to find out and change. You have to try and to find out what works for you. I can't say do this or do that - it's probably different for everybody.
It's not that you never ever lose - but losing seems to make you even more determined. Does a defeat motivate you?
That's true - I get very determined when I lose. And I am looking forward to play this opponent again and next time will be a win. The opponent might not really look forward to it..
And what do you think one has to do to be really professional?
Professionalism leaves no room for partying. One can't any longer party around all the time - it will show in your game. There are a lot of players around who will not like to hear it or don't understand.
How many hours a day would you say you are occupied with darts in whatever form when your are at home and have you time for hobbies at all?
I would say not so many hours. You see I am 49 now and I really need some time to rest and to relax in between the tournaments. So relaxing and resting is an important part for me. I've a great house beside a golf course - there's no noise it's absolutely pitch black in the night.