Michael van Gerwen was delighted to beat Luke Littler and win Premier League Night Two in Berlin on Thursday, but dismissed the idea that it was a special final as the pair will meet so many times this season.
It was a brilliant night of darts in Germany as MVG beat Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith, while Littler edged out both Rob Cross and Luke Humphries in deciding legs to set up the final.
The showpiece also went all the way and Littler narrowly missed two darts to win it on his beloved double 10 before Van Gerwen stepped in to mop up 25 and win the night.
Five of the seven matches on the evening went to deciding legs, with the other two finishing 6-4, so it was stunning entertainment for the German crowd, but MVG was not so sure it could be deemed ‘special’.
The eight-man Premier League roadshow runs all the way until May, with the top players already clashing in the World Series and the Pro Tours and Euro Tours still to begin, Van Gerwen feels there are so many meetings between the elite that each contest loses a bit of lustre.
‘Yeah it feels good, I think I played well and that’s what you want on nights like this and we go onto the next one,’ said Van Gerwen.
When suggested it was a special final with Littler he said: ‘No, that’s not true, it’s not special because we’re going to have finals like this another 10 times this year. We play each other so many times. Pro Tours, Euro Tours, whatever
‘So it’s not going to be special, but of course it’s important, we all know that and you have to play well if you want to be on top of the boys. It’s still a long run, I feel good, I feel comfortable, I played well today.
‘Winning a night like this is always important, of course it gives you confidence and you can build up to the next weeks.’
On his own gradual return to top form he added: ‘Of course I believe in my own progress and the way forward, but it’s still a long journey.’
To Van Gerwen’s point, it is a busy week of darts ahead with the Pro Tour getting into full swing. The first two Players Championship events are held on 12 and 13 February in Wigan, with the Euro Tour qualifiers the following day and then Premier League Night Three in Glasgow on Thursday 15 February.
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