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Van Gerwen eyeing the final prize

Van Gerwen eyeing the final prize

Michael van Gerwan has won the 2017 World Darts Championship final over Gary Anderson 7-3 in a ruthless display at London's Alexandra Palace.

Scotsman Anderson, who successfully defended his title against Adrian Lewis past year, lost the first set but came back with a strong opener of 97 in the second set to ultimately draw level.

The brilliant Dutchman regained the Sid Waddell trophy that he last won in 2014, to complete an astounding year in which he has won every major competition available. I'm a very happy man. "I've been working for this, this is the most important one, we all fight for his really hard and I'm really glad I did the right thing at the right moments".

"I feel incredible but I did not play my A game".

Michael van Gerwen celebrates his victory.

Anderson maintained a high standard throughout, notching 22 maximums to set a new record for the number of 180s in a single match, but he could not get near the imperious Van Gerwen.

World champion Michael van Gerwen
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Van Gerwen admitted he had to be at his best to see off Anderson, who had been victorious the previous two years at the tournament.

The Dutchman told Sky Sports: 'I feel absolutely over the moon. After that, I somehow made it back into the game. Everyone keeps saying you need to win a second one.

It was not long before it was 4-2 and 5-2 and though Anderson reduced the arrears, Van Gerwen won it with his 85 on the bull.

It was expected to be close and so it proved to be at the start as the opening two sets went to 3-2, Van Gerwen taking the lead with a double 18 finish and Anderson drawing level with a superb double top when the bed was covered.

MVG subsequently lost momentum with Anderson taking advantage bt he got back on track to take the win.

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