Michael van Gerwen told Soccer AM last week, that he was absolutely gutted to be he second on the league table. But after his performance in Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, he needn't worry any more.
Michael van Gerwen put on a fantastic show last night as he came out top of the league table when The Power slipped up in his round against Peter Wright.
Approved garages talk to the man who has secured his spot in the Play-Offs…
What have you learned about yourself in the time since the beginning of the Premier League this year?
I have learned that I can keep up a very high level of performance very consistently and that I can handle the pressure of being number one of the world.
Tell us about the darts you are using?
I feel very comfortable with my set of darts that I have been using for some time. My sponsors XQMAX Darts provide me with very good equipment and I see no reason to change.
If you hadn’t been a professional darts player, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Before I was a darts player I was working as a tiler so maybe I’d still be doing that but I really don’t know. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that!
Have you ever gotten emotional over your performance?
I think most people can see I am an emotional player and I put my heart into my performances. I had Goosebumps walking on sometimes, especially in big games like the world championship final but I have also got emotional after some matches I didn’t win. I think to be a champion it has to mean everything to you so of course you will show emotion.
What do you predict will happen in the next few rounds?
I think I can play well and win!
How does it feel when you win a game? What goes through your mind?
Now I expect myself to win every time I play so I am sometimes looking more to my performance than the result but when I win it always feels like I’ve done my job.
What do you do in practice to keep the game intensity and has this changed from last year?
I don’t practice much at all because I am playing that many tournaments the trick is to keep myself rested. I want to play in most tournaments but I am learning more when a rest is needed.
What is a typical day like for you right now?
Usually I am travelling to darts, playing darts or travelling back from darts. When I’m not I like to spend time with my wife and relax.
Who do you get on with the most from all the remaining players in the Premier League?
I get on with most of the players, obviously I spend more time with Raymond as sometimes travelling together or go to lunch as we are both speaking Dutch but we all have banter and friendship in different ways.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I enjoy fishing in nice places when I get some time to myself, which is not very often and taking holidays. I suppose just doing relaxing things.
You’ve been impressing us with some phenomenal averages – You followed up your achievement of 123.40 average by landing third-highest on night ten in Sheffield (117.95) What is aiding this? Extra practice? Better routine? Tell us how you are in great form?
Similar to what I said before it is about making sure I am well rested and ready to perform just doing enough to keep it going and not over doing it.
Going forward what’s the plan for the rest of 2016?
To win as many matches and as many tournaments as possible and to become World Champion again.
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