Michael van Gerwen demolishes Gary Anderson in Auckland
"There are some phenomenal players but Gary and I are the best in my opinion"
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 06/08/18 1:39pm
Michael van Gerwen put on a show as he beat Gary Anderson 10-4 on day two of the Auckland Darts Masters in New Zealand.
The World No 1 averaged 106.81 as he swept past The Flying Scotsman - who won the World Matchplay in Blackpool on Sunday - while Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock also qualified for the semi-finals.
Van Gerwen started in style, pinning seven perfect darts before going on to break on double six, opening up a five-leg advantage before Anderson finally managed to get on the board.
A stunning 170 finish in the seventh leg was the highlight of a disappointing performance from Anderson - who went on to miss two darts in the twelfth leg to close the gap to 7-5 - and Van Gerwen never looked back, running out a 10-4 winner with six 180s.
"Gary and I know how to beat each other and I know there are some phenomenal players but Gary and I are the best in my opinion," Van Gerwen said, despite his shock first-round exit at the World Matchplay in July.
"He did not play his best game there but I know what Gary can do and I had to keep my performance up and not make any mistakes to make sure I beat him."
Mighty Mike will face world No 2 Peter Wright in the semi-finals on Sunday after he dispatched reigning-champion Kyle Anderson 10-3.
"I've been in a few semi-finals on the World Series this year so hopefully I can go a step further tomorrow," Wright said.
"Michael was amazing against Gary and is the best player in the world, I will try and drag him down to my level tomorrow night."
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Joining Van Gerwen and Wright in the last four is Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld, who will contest the other semi-final on Sunday, after they defeated Rob Cross 10-7 and Mark McGrath 10-4 respectively.
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