Nobody’s going to stop me, says Michael van Gerwen after reaching the final

Nobody’s going to stop me, says Michael van Gerwen after reaching the final

Nobody’s going to stop me, says Michael van Gerwen after reaching the final

Michael van Gerwen has warned Michael Smith that “no one is going to stop me” in his quest for a fourth world title.

The Dutchman booked a place in Tuesday’s final against Smith after demolishing Dimitri van den Bergh 6-0 in their semi-final at Alexandra Palace.

Smith, who defeated Gabriel Clemens 6-2 in their last draw, had vowed to “get revenge” for his 2019 loss to Van Gerwen, but that could be a big ask given his opponent’s current form.

Van Gerwen has averaged over 100 in each round, culminating in 108.28 against the Belgian, and will be a heavy favorite to add to the titles he won in 2014, 2017 and 2019.

There was some drama in their semi-final when Van den Bergh accused his opponent of encroaching on the oche while shooting, but the Dutchman proved there was only room for him on stage with an imperious display.

“He’s not going to stop me, nobody’s going to stop me,” Van Gerwen said of Smith’s revenge vow. “I feel too good for that, I feel comfortable and I’m playing good darts.

“It feels great, playing the game that I played tonight feels great. I gave it my all and I’m playing out of my skin right now. It costs a lot of energy but I’m able to do it, that’s the most important thing. It feels great.”

On his clash with Van den Bergh, he added on Sky Sports: “I really don’t know what his problem was, you have to concentrate to see your own game and that’s what I did.

“He probably said he was kicking, but he was losing the game, so he had to say something.”

An exciting final is ahead as Smith was also in fine form in his win over the storied Clemens, who was the first German to reach the World Championship quarter-finals.

‘Bully Boy’ is back in the main match after last year’s heartbreak against Peter Wright, where he blew out a significant lead, but it is his first final appearance against Van Gerwen in 2019 that is fresh on his mind.

“I just want to compete and hopefully play against Michael and get revenge for 2019,” Smith said at his press conference before Van Gerwen won.

“The only thing I’m thinking about is lifting that trophy. I know I want revenge but I see it as another opportunity, I know Michael has been in shape.

“I just want to make myself and be myself and hopefully you’ll see tomorrow what Michael Smith is all about.

“It means everything from my heartbreak last year when I was 5-4 against Peter and lost 7-5 to where I have struggled for 11 months just to get back on stage again and get another chance.

“It has been special. I have never given up, I have always fought hard.

Smith hopes a few episodes of Catchphrase will help him prepare for his third attempt at becoming a world champion.

His performances in his previous two finals could have been described as “it’s good but it’s not good”, but he hopes that watching the classic ITV game show on Tuesday morning can help him get over the line.

“I’ll wake up tomorrow and just do what I’ve been doing, lie in bed and look at some catchphrases,” Smith added on Sky Sports. “It has been good. It’s been around 9 o’clock every morning, it’s the only thing that’s been on at that time.”

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