Michael van Gerwen had to settle for a draw against debutant Dimitri Van den Bergh (6-6) at the start of the Premier League on Monday. Nevertheless, the people from Brabant have the feeling that he is on the right track after a difficult period.
“Of course you can never be satisfied with a point, but all in all I don’t have a bad feeling about this game”, he responded at the PDC. “Only the average scores have to go up a bit.”
Van Gerwen has recently worked behind the scenes on the adjustment of his new arrows and notices that this is now starting to bear fruit. “I get the feeling that with these arrows I am now starting to do more and more damage to my opponents. Now I have to show that more often on the podium.”
Van Gerwen was eliminated in the quarter-finals at the World Cup and the semi-finals were the end station at the UK Open in early March. He then consciously decided to slow down a bit and to let go of a number of tournaments in the run-up to the Premier League
“I really did nothing for twelve days, just took a rest and been busy with the family. Last week I started training harder again. This approach works best for me, I notice.”
‘Dimitri played an excellent match’
The former number one in the world had to go to great lengths to drag a draw out of the fire in his opening match. In the last leg he threw out a finish of 101.
“Dimitri played a very good game and I missed some chances myself. I can only blame myself for that. I’m looking forward to my next match.”
Van Gerwen will take on Peter Wright on Tuesday-evening, who also started with a draw against José de Sousa. The first five rounds of the Premier League will all be played behind closed doors in Milton Keynes within a week.