At the fourth of our series, Michael van Gerwen picks at his 2017 World Championship semi-final battle against Raymond van Barneveld because his game.
Van Gerwen went into the championship ranked as the No 1 at the world claimed Premier League titles that year, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam and the World Matchplay.
He’d beaten Darren Webster, Cristo Reyes, Kim Viljanen and Daryl Gurney to set up a mouth-watering clash with his countryman in the previous four.
The group traded blows in a gorgeous opening five places before Van Gerwen opened a two-set lead up.
“I felt very great because it was probably the best tournament I’ve played in my life,” said Van Gerwen. “It was really important for me to perform well against Raymond and that I had to I would have lost that game.”
After moving 4-2 up MVG did not look back, making among the best performances the Ally Pally has witnessed, averaging a tournament record 114.05 and narrowly missing double 12, en route to a detailed 6-2 victory.
“It was really nice to overcome Raymond, I hadn’t won anything after that, but it gave me confidence to the tournament, and I played well afterwards too.”
Van Gerwen end Gary Anderson’s reign as world champion, beating The Flying Scotsman 7-3 to maintain his next world title and would choose that form.
It’s not very long to wait patiently until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven days of coverage continues until the final on Saturday.
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