World No1 successfully gained his third world title after a 7-3 victory over Michael Smith.
This victory was totally not an outstanding movement of Michael van Gerwen in regard of his darting career as he used to have more outstanding and skillful plays. However, things become less serious after you had already won 2 previous titles. In taking apart the brave but skittish Michael Smith by seven sets to three, he finally gained himself the two-time world champions and took his biggest stride yet down the road to darting greatness.
That van Gerwen is considered to be one of the most endowed player of this generation that we have known for some time. Now, he is actually becoming more popular and stands certain positions in the darts world with the multiple world titles which Gerwen is standing the odds of winning. At this present, Only Phil Taylor (16), Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld (five each) stand higher position in comparison with Gerwen, and as he lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy he smiled happiliy, just like the way a man whose business is still far from finished should do: a self-belief verging on naked arrogance. He does not celebrate his 30th birthday for another few months.
It wasn’t his greatest performance. An average of 102 was modest by his standards. After surpassing his competitor and leading the match with the 4-0 score just after 40 minutes, the doughty Smith pegged him back to 4-2, egged on by a crowd weighted firmly in his favour, who by the end were not merely cheering van Gerwen’s missed doubles but even his single-20s. But really, this was a match that only ever offered the illusion of closeness. Smith – the former world youth champion from St Helens – averaged 95, hit 13 maximums, took out some nice finishes. He was extremely competent. But against van Gerwen, just competence has never been enough for a runner’s-up cheque.