Van Gerwen: I've silenced critics with second World Championship


Michael van Gerwen was delighted to be able to silence his critics by ending a three-year wait to reclaim the PDC World Championship title at Alexandra Palace.

The Dutchman produced another stunning performance to see off two-time champion Gary Anderson 7-3 and claim his 26th title in a dominant 12 months.

However it was the world title that had eluded Van Gerwen after first lifting it in 2014, and he made no secret of his desire to reclaim the trophy prior to the tournament.

"This means a lot to me. Everyone keeps saying you need to win a second one. I did that today. I feel absolutely over the moon," he told Sky Sports 1. "I had to bring my 'A' game.

"I was struggling a bit at the start of the game, he put me under pressure and I missed a few doubles, but I got back in the game and this feels phenomenal.

"I'm a really happy man at the moment. I fought all year for this, and won all the majors and made the clean sweep.

"This is the most important one of the year and everyone knows that.

"I'm really glad I did it today at the right moment. I did what I had to do because Gary is a phenomenal player and all the credit to him."

Van Gerwen, who had broken records throughout the tournament, turned in another performance of the highest quality as he finished with an average of 107.79 in the final, knocking out five ton-plus finishes.

Anderson was not far behind in a heavy-scoring final which saw 42 180s thrown -- a record for a single match -- but he was unable to live with 'Mighty Mike', whose relentless scoring proved too much for the Scot.

A defeated Anderson, who was aiming for a third successive title, admitted the better player had won.

He said: "This boy will be quite good! It's been a walk in the park for him, and tonight was no different.

"[It was] well deserved, if anyone was going to win it, it was going to be Michael. "At 2-2 I just dropped a bit, and if you do that you're going to get punished and the boy did that."