World Darts Championship: Michael van Gerwen says ‘nobody can stop him’ ahead of Michael Smith final | Darts News
Michael van Gerwen beat Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 to reach the final with Michael Smith, who beat Gabriel Clemens 6-2; Watch the World Darts Championship final live on Tuesday from 7:45pm on Sky Sports Darts
Last updated: 02/01/23 11:48 pm
Michael van Gerwen insists “no one can stop him” from winning his fourth world darts title after a dominant semi-final victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh.
Van Gerwen averaged 108.28 in a 6-0 thrashing of the Belgian at Alexandra Palace, setting up a blockbuster match against 4th seed Michael Smith in the 2019 finals repeat.
The Dutchman will feature for his sixth time in the final and his first since beating Smith 7-3 in 2019, with Van Gerwen confident of continued success against the defending champion. Grand Slam.
“He won’t stop me – no one can stop me!” Van Gerwen told Sports sky. “I feel too good for that. I feel comfortable, I feel good and I’m playing some good darts.
“It’s incredible to play the game I played tonight [against Van den Bergh]. It means a lot to me, I’ve given my all and I’m giving it my all at the moment. It takes a lot of energy, but I can do it.
“I think the crowd deserves a final like this. I played against Michael Smith myself in the final, which I think is good for darts.”
Van den Bergh spoke to the former world No. 1 in the third set about his convincing win, with the Belgian seemingly unhappy about his opponent’s position, although Van Gerwen responded immediately. ie by reaching 170 in the same turn.
“I don’t really know what his problem was, but you have to focus on your own game and that’s exactly what I did,” Van Gerwen explained. “Games can be intense but you need to stay focused and that’s exactly what I did. Maybe he said I was over the limit but he was losing the game so he had to. say something!”
Smith: “The winning mentality was in my game”
Smith believes he’s found a “winning mentality” in his game as he manages to get lucky to do it a third time and win the elusive World Darts Championship title for the first time ever. .
The Briton was beaten by Van Gerwen in 2019 and lost 7-5 in last year’s top-flight match against Peter Wright, despite another chance to become the next darts world champion. after a successful 6-2 win in the semi-final against Gabriel Clemens.
The ‘Bully Boy’ achieved an excellent GPA of 101.85 in a stunning performance that included 19 max runs and over 5 tons of tests, with the 32-year-old now just two miles from the title the biggest of his career a win over Van Gerwen and promotion to the top of the world rankings.
“Michael was the favorite and he played really well, but everyone can have a bad day and hopefully it will come tomorrow. [Tuesday]”Smith said.
“If I throw darts to win the World, if I miss, I miss, if I hit, I’m the World Champion. I’ll never care about that and I’ll continue to be the World Champion. again every year I step up when I need and hope for tomorrow [Tuesday] I will step up again.
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Smith added: “I just had to play my game. I played with Michael at the US Masters and won there, I played against Michael in the ProTour event and won there, but he also didn’t. beat me so neither of us hit the 100% record. This is a world final, not the first round of a ProTour event in Barnsley or Wigan! I have to put pressure on him.”
The Briton has impressed over the past 12 months, reaping success at the US Darts Masters, Dutch Darts Championship and three Players’ Championship titles before claiming his first televised ratings title in ninth attempt with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts in November.
“I think I’ve had this belief since I started playing but it [winning the Grand Slam of Darts] gave me something extra!” Smith added, “It ended up giving me one of nine [TV titles] and it gave me confidence that I would win.
“The feeling of winning and the winning mentality have finally come to my game. I won’t be afraid of that – I haven’t played well in this tournament. I’ve had a couple of good games, I’ve played. good tonight but I’m looking to win and that’s what champions do – they find a way to win.”
Van Gerwen vs Smith: The Greatest Final Ever?
Smith and Van Gerwen could both finish Tuesday’s final as world No 1, with Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle backing the Briton to give the three-time world champion a tough challenge. harder than four years ago.
“He [Smith] was a better player in 2019,” said Mardle, “I believe it. Now he’s a big champion and champions find a way. The way he’s been through some of his games is very, very good.
“He [Smith] He’s been in so many positions and now he’s in the last one and that’s his chance to be the World Champion. I think with the way they score tonight, tomorrow [Tuesday] maybe a doubles competition.
“If you take Michael Smith out of Joe Cullen’s win and win tonight, it could be difficult for Van Gerwen but he has to choose his timing. The timing has to be right. I think there are two (yes). can stop Van Gerwen) right from the start. I think there’s Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith and one of them is going to be the finalist.
“The irony is that Michael Smith waited all this time for a final to win two in a row. I think it could be one of the best finals we’ve ever seen.”
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