MVG taking nothing for granted

Michael Van Gerwen (13/8 joint favourite – 2014 PDC World Championship outright) says his battling win against Gary Anderson in the third round of the PDC World Championship shows he can take nothing for granted.

Phil Taylor’s exit in only the second round of the tournament prompted many pundits to tip the Dutchman to cruise to the title, but he struggled against the Flying Scotsman, at one stage finding himself 3-1 down on a dramatic day 13 in London.

However, he showed his class by storming back to a 4-3 victory, winning the decisive set to book his place in the quarter-finals where he will face Welshman Mark Webster (Match Betting – Van Gerwen 1/12, Webster 6/1).

Webster previously won the BDO world title, but unlike the Dutchman has struggled to carry his form into the PDC, although on his day he is one of the most dangerous players in the game, with a penchant for finding doubles at just the right time.

It still looks as if MVG is the man to beat though and he is currently the form player in the world, having won both the Premier League and Players Championship in 2013.

However, the 24-year-old is taking nothing for granted and believes Saturday’s close call against Anderson shows he will need to stay focused if he is to win his first world title on New Year’s Day.

“At the beginning I was very nervous. I was missing my doubles and he was hitting his,” he said. “But then I focused and started to play my own game.

“Everyone says to me ‘Michael, your name is on the trophy’. But I just take it game by game.”

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