At the fourth of our series, Michael van Gerwen picks at his 2017 World Championship semi-final clash against Raymond van Barneveld because his best match.
Van Gerwen went to the tournament ranked claimed World Grand Prix, the World Matchplay, Grand Slam and Premier League titles that year.
He’d beaten Darren Webster, Cristo Reyes, Kim Viljanen and Daryl Gurney to set up a mouth-watering clash.
The pair traded blows into a opening five sets prior to Van Gerwen opened a two-set result in make it 4-2 up.
“I felt very great because it was probably the best tournament I have played in my life,” said Van Gerwen. “It was really important for me to perform nicely against Raymond and that I had to otherwise I would have missed this match.”
After moving 4-2 upward MVG did not look back, producing one of the greatest performances the Ally Pally has ever witnessed, averaging a championship record 114.05 and narrowly missing double 12, en route to a detailed 6-2 victory.
“It was nice to conquer Raymond, I hadn’t won anything after that, but it gave me confidence for the championship, and I played nicely afterwards too.”
Van Gerwen would choose that form and end Gary Anderson’s reign as world champion, beating his second world title to be claimed by The Flying Scotsman 7-3.
It is not very long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of policy continues until the final on Saturday.
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