Michael van Gerwen Obliterates Dimitri van den Bergh To Set Up 2019 Final Rematch

A 6-0 win a World Championship semi-final? MVG is on fire.
22:44, 02 Jan 2023

Michael van Gerwen is into the PDC World Darts Championship final where he will take on Michael Smith just as he did in 2019, having obliterated Dimitri van den Bergh 6-0 in his semi-final. From the first dart, the man hoping to become world number one was well on top, and aside from some tension on stage during the third, it was plain sailing for the Dutchman. 

The argument came as MVG repeatedly encroached on the mat when Van den Bergh was throwing, and a frosty argument ensued. It culminated in a 170 from the world number three and a deathly stare towards his opponent, who was keen to impose himself on the match. For some he would have crossed the line both physically and literally, but his fans embrace his will to win at all costs. 

The first set saw Dimitri van den Bergh attempt to slow the game down, as both players held their throw with relative ease in the opening legs. However, the Belgian then pulled out a 170 finish from nowhere to break MVG but he couldn’t seal the set as the Dutchman broke straight back, and then landed a 180 to open up the deciding leg. It proved to be enough as he hit the D16 needed to take the opening set. MVG 1-0 Van den Bergh.


The Dutchman broke in the first leg of the second set as the Belgian wasted his chances. From there it was a foregone conclusion in the second set as the world number three put the pressure on to go 2-0 up. The Belgian had the chance to pull it back with a shot at D20 in the third leg, but fluffed it as he so often does on his least favourite double. That left MVG to clear up with ease. MVG 2-0 Van den Bergh.

The third set stopped briefly  as MVG twice encroached onto the playing area and the two exchanged words on stage. It seemed to throw the world number 15 off, while the Dutchman hit a stunning 170 checkout to break his throw, and break his spirit in the meantime with a glare. 35 darts was all he needed to win the set as he averaged 128 and won eight in a row. MVG 3-0 Van den Bergh.

Dimitri stopped the rot by winning the opener in the fourth but MVG won the next two relatively comfortably to throw for the set again. When he needed to produce though, VDB did so, as he nailed a 121 checkout on the bull to take it to a decider. Throwing first he gave away the initiative before MVG missed three darts to finish. However, with three at D20 to take the set, Van den Bergh made a hash of it and at the third time of asking MVG hit the D5 needed to extend his lead. MVG 4-0 Van den Bergh.

More of the same. Van Gerwen was relentless with his average and hit a 180 and a 140 on his way to a second leg break and as the Belgian crumbled under the pressure, MVG flourished. 180 after 180 followed in double quick time, and he won another set in just 35 darts. MVG 5-0 Van den Bergh.

Van den Bergh missed the bull to take the opening leg however he was afforded a second chance, which he wasted yet again accidentally hitting D17 when he needed a single. Van Gerwen took full advantage, and romped to the set by taking out D20. He made it look so simple as he played out the perfect game with a match average of 108 to take himself through to his sixth final at Ally Pally. MVG 6-0 Van den Bergh

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