Michael van Gerwen says he is still the best player in the world as he bids for a fourth PDC World Championship title | Darts News

As Michael van Gerwen prepares for his opening round of the PDC World Championship on Saturday night, the Green Machine claims he is still the best player in the world at the moment. Watch all the action live on Sky Sports Darts.

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Michael van Gerwen hopes to find top form and win a fourth world title

Michael van Gerwen hopes to find top form and win a fourth world title

It was a year to forget for Michael van Gerwen on the geese.

The three-time world champion hasn’t won a major title for over 12 months; its longest drought since its groundbreaking success at the 2012 Grand Prix.

In fact, it is the first time since 2014 that he enters the World Championship not in the top positions.

As he heads to Alexandra Palace this week, he’s looking to stop the slide and collect the Sid Waddell Trophy to reestablish himself as the best darts player in the world.

But in his mind, it’s still the best in the business.

“Sure. They (Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright) all know the answer anyway. But they won’t say it,” he said, when asked if he’s the best in the world right now.

“[They know] it all depends on my shape. If Michael plays his game, Michael will win the game. Simple as that. They won’t say it, of course, if I were in their position, I wouldn’t even take it out of my mouth. But it is a fact “.

MVG enters the field on Saturday evening

MVG enters the field on Saturday evening

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Given his struggles over the past year, the 32-year-old says this world title would be the sweetest triumph of his career.

“Of course it would be. I’ve been through a really tough time, with a lot of things not going the right way. I think the move to Winmau took a really long time, but now there are no more problems with that,” he said. underlined.

“The coronavirus, no fans, I’ve become a father again, it’s all small distractions. Sometimes you don’t have an answer to all of them. And you have to go back to basics and fight from there. That’s exactly what I did.

“Sometimes, when you’ve been at the top of your game as long as I have, sometimes you can relax a little too much and take it all for granted. That’s not how it should be. I’ve done too much, but now I’m back on track, concentrated and this is really important. “

Van Gerwen’s record in 2021

Masters: L16
UK open SF
Premier League: SF
World match: SF
World Grand Prix: R1
European Championship: RU
World Series Finals: SF
Grand Slam of Darts: QF
Players’ Championship Finals: QF

The Green Machine did not engage in 2021

The Green Machine did not engage in 2021

And he feels his game is where it needs to be to claim the title on January 3.

“If you look at the way others have played, at their performances, I don’t think they have played better than me. So of course, yes, I think I can win it. Otherwise I wouldn’t say it. My game is starting to come from somewhere. part, and that’s what I like to see, I feel comfortable.

“I’m looking forward to it. If you look back at my last few months, the way I’ve played. It has given me a lot of confidence. And yes, I’m looking forward to performing, especially with the audience again.

“I feel good and I feel fresh. Can’t wait to play.”

And he is indifferent to his position in the third suit.

“It doesn’t matter. It’s just a number,” he said.

“Look at Jonny Clayton. He has won most of his tournaments this year and has not been ranked. So it hasn’t helped him much in the world rankings. Otherwise he would have been a much higher seed!”

“Things like that happen. You have to adapt to the present moment. The present moment is that I am playing some good darts and I feel good about my game. From then on, I think I can do damage in this tournament.”

Our coverage of the PDC World Championship continues on Saturday. Watch it live on Sky Sports Darts.

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