Emotional Van Gerwen takes that game against Taylor ‘no hit’

Emotional Van Gerwen takes that game against Taylor ‘no hit’

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Michael van Gerwen was Friday night total, not to mention his performance against Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay. The Dutchman went into Blackpool to no avail (16-6) against the hexadecimal world champion: 16-6.

“Whether you’re with 16-6 or 16-10 lose, that doesn’t interest me in ass. This should not happen”, the emotional Van Gerwen clearly for the camera of RTL7. “I can only be myself to blame. I must accept defeat, no matter how painful that is.”

Van Gerwen had the idea that he is “everything” against him in the Winter Gardens. “My own form, Phil who all angle and to the public. It was just not good,” concludes the winner of the last two editions of the PDC tournament.

“I threw still 101 on average, but it doesn’t make sense on what I’m doing. You do, of course, there was still to run, but if the hole is at a given moment is so large, you know that it’s very difficult.”

The Dutchman gave his opponent a compliment to his strong game. “Taylor has great played. Every opportunity he got to me to hurt, he has exploited. I was against it, no chance,” said the Dutchman.

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Taylor was in turn less and less to talk about Van Gerwen. According to the vijftienvoudig winner of the World Matchplay shows the Dutchman too little respect for his opponents and he has much to learn.

The 56-year-old Englishman was annoyed in particular at the behaviour of ‘Mighty Mike’ in his match against Simon Whitlock. “When he was 8-2 stood for, he sent a message to Vincent van der Voort. That you should not do. You must not rub him for pole. You’re good, that you don’t have more to prove,” said Taylor.

Taylor also finds out that his much younger opponent a bit more resilience is needed. “Now I retire the public was once again behind me and there he was not so happy about it. In Rotterdam was the other way around, and ten times as much. When did you hear me not wheezing as he now does.”

“When he duplicates are missed, the audience started to cheer. I have myself worked for twenty years in charge of, that’s what you get now once you set the bar so high places,” said Taylor. “He is one of the best darts players ever, but he was today, only 75 percent of the player he normally is.”

For Van Gerwen, it was a long time ago that he was such a heavy defeat cashed in a big tournament. Last he was in the final still too strong for vijftienvoudig champion Taylor.

What can I say? It just didn’t happen for me tonight. No excuses. Phil was the better player. Thanks for support as always.


Time of placing
21:45 – July 28, 2017


The 56-year-old Taylor in the semi-finals against his compatriot Adrian Lewis, who Friday with a 16-13 was too strong for Alan Norris.

In the other semi-final battle, the Scot Peter Wright, and the Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney across from each other. They got Thursday under the last four darters in Blackpool.

Van Gerwen was not the first Dutchman to be that hard onderuitging against Taylor. Wednesday was Raymond van Barneveld in the ‘classic’ is a big defeat collect against his rival: 11-3.

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