Michael van Gerwen is full of confidence at the Grand Slam of Darts. The number one in the world humiliated Gary Anderson on Saturday in the eighth finals of the major in Coventry.
“It was a nice game. It went okay, not great, but if you win 10-2 against Anderson, you can’t complain”, Van Gerwen said in front of the camera. RTL 7.
Van Gerwen left Anderson completely without a chance. His opponent still came to 1-1 by throwing out 132, but then the player from Brabant pulled no fewer than eight legs in a row, making an unbridgeable gap.
“He tried to do everything he could to make it as difficult as possible for me, but I had some really good finishes. The 94 and 87 hurt him and from there I was able to keep building.”
“If Gary is throwing loose, he can always come with 180’ers and 140’ers, but I can do that too. At one point I was so comfortable in it. Yes, then you feel invincible.”
Michael van Gerwen at the Grand Slam of Darts. (Photo: PDC / Lawrence Lustig)
‘Whitlock has more apples to pick with me’
It must be said that Van Gerwen, who scored an average of 101 points per three arrows, did not face the fittest Anderson. The Scot has been limping all week because of his knee problems.
“He’s not playing very well, but as long as someone hasn’t withdrawn from the tournament, he’s just ready to put on a performance. You have to prepare yourself for that. I did the right things at the right times.”
Van Gerwen, who won the title at the Grand Slam of Darts in 2015, 2016 and 2017, will meet Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals on Sunday. He lost to the Australian at the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix earlier this year with painful numbers.
“But I think he has more apples to pick with me than the other way around. I think I am in a better position in terms of the balance in mutual encounters. It will be a completely different game. Different game format, different Michael van Gerwen.”