At the fourth of our series, Michael van Gerwen picks his 2017 World Championship semi-final clash against Raymond van Barneveld because his game.
Van Gerwen went into the tournament ranked having already claimed the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam and Premier League titles which year.
He’d conquered Daryl Gurney, Cristo Reyes, Darren Webster and Kim Viljanen to set up a clash together with his fellow countryman in the past four.
The group traded blows into a stunning opening five sets before Van Gerwen opened a two-set cause make it 4-2.
“I felt very good because it was probably the best tournament I’ve played in my entire life,” said Van Gerwen. “It was very important for me to play nicely against Raymond and that I had to I would have lost that match.”
After going 4-2 upward MVG did not look back, making among the greatest performances the Ally Pally has witnessed, averaging a tournament record 114.05 and missing double 12, en route to a comprehensive 6-2 victory.
“It was really nice to conquer Raymond, I hadn’t won anything after that, however, it gave me confidence to the tournament, and I played nicely afterwards too.”
Van Gerwen would take that form in the final and end Gary Anderson’s reign as world champion, defeating The Flying Scotsman 7-3 to claim his second world title.
It’s not long to wait until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway 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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