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Michael van Gerwen is in a Premier League of his personal | Darts Information

Michael van Gerwen is in a Premier League of his personal | Darts Information 2

Michael van Gerwen. Mighty Mike. The world No 1 proved it on Thursday evening at The O2, Paul Prenderville was there to see him stamping his authority everywhere in the world of darts.

MVG has by no means been pushed by information, he’s a trophy man and his quotes within the bowels of the cavernous O2 after overcoming first Daryl Gurney and the world No 2 Rob Cross on Thursday evening underlined that.

“Every tournament I’m competing in I like to win,” mentioned Van Gerwen. “After all it isn’t simple; it is tough however you want to set your self targets if you wish to make your self sharp.

“It was a tough one for me. I wasn’t 100 per cent in kind myself and I needed to work exhausting for each level in each sport, however that makes it even nicer in case you win it.”

Van Gerwen’s ambition for silverware exhibits no indicators of relenting, as he bids to reclaim his World Matchplay title in July, while he is additionally set his sights on successful a maiden Champions League of Darts crown.

“I’ve received two large targets this yr. That is the World Matchplay, as a result of I did poorly there within the final two years and the Champions League of Darts, as a result of I’ve by no means received that one earlier than. Each large title I need to win, however that is on my record in the meanwhile.”

In addition to the successful, it is about household for Michael van Gerwen. He is aware of how fortunate he’s to be taking part in at a time when the prize cash has by no means been higher. He walked away from The O2 £275,000 higher off after one other good day on the workplace – and if we’re monitoring titles that is eight for the season.

He heads off to Holland this weekend for title quantity 9 the place he’s assured of a hero’s welcome for this weekend’s Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle. Proof of his reputation was there for all to see within the form of Robin van Persie.

Whereas success on the oche continues to circulation, by his personal admission Van Gerwen has not at all times been at his fluent finest.

There have been some private causes, that he understandably needs to maintain non-public, which have affected his kind if not his title-winning system. He was fast to cease any additional prying within the press convention insisting solely that it has been a tricky yr. This would possibly clarify the emotion he confirmed on stage within the post-match celebrations.

“It has been a tricky yr,” admitted the Dutchman. “I was emotional. I am an emotional man and when issues have been slightly bit tough in the previous few months, issues like that may occur. There have been private issues, nothing to do with darts.

“Everything at home has to be streamlined if you want to be at the top of your game. When things aren’t there 100 per cent then you have to deal with things. It’s not always nice but it’s part of life unfortunately.”

Not for the primary time on this Premier League season, I put it to the dominant Dutchman {that a} league marketing campaign underlines his class.

However, the successful machine that he’s he doesn’t see it that approach – only a match, a event, a title to be received.

He mentioned: “You must play nicely each sport. I do not see it as a league, for me it is simply each week a distinct sport, as a result of in case you fear in regards to the factors and the legs, all of a sudden issues can go unsuitable and also you should not take into consideration issues that may go unsuitable.

“After all it is a aid; it is good. It is a beautiful event to win, in any other case all these 16 weeks would have been for nothing.”

To make use of his personal phrases, Van Gerwen’s dominance over the competitors is, phenomenal, simply have a look at the numbers.

He has certified for seven Premier League semi-finals, and topped the league part seven occasions.

These have been changed into seven semi-final victories, which have resulted in 5 Premier League titles.

Solely Phil Taylor can match that sustained success. ‘The Energy’ topped the desk for eight years; a stat MVG might nonetheless trump after pipping Cross to the £25,000 bonus for ending prime in Leeds.

Taylor received 4 in a row and has six in whole – Van Gerwen can usurp the 4 and draw stage with the six if he wins subsequent yr’s version and who would again in opposition to him?

Not that he’s counting however watching him and listening to him converse you probably did sense a glint within the eye. When it was put to him he was closing in – ‘What number of did Phil win?’ ‘Six’ got here the response and a smile fell over the good Dutchman’s lips and a glance in the direction of PDC head of media Dave Allen.

Whereas Taylor’s 16 world titles shouldn’t be on his agenda, famously Van Gerwen has mentioned he is not going to play that lengthy, the Premier League information are in touching distance and it is becoming given his dominance

“He was fortunate [Taylor] I wasn’t taking part in darts at the moment, fortunate man,” Van Gerwen quipped.

“Phil has put so many information on the desk, there are nonetheless so many to beat and naturally that is considered one of them.”

That is likely to be so, however Van Gerwen is setting new boundaries of his personal.

Tou might say he’s in a Premier League of his personal.

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