GARY ANDERSON admits it’s all about stopping Michael van Gerwen after he won a second successive World Series title.
The World Champ produced two sensational performances to win the Auckland Masters, wiping out Raymond van Barneveld in the semi and Adrian Lewis in a closely-fought final earlier today.
He beat buddy Lewis 11-7 but his semi win over RVB was right out of the top drawer, recovering from 4-0 down to hit an average of 111.37, the second highest in World Series history.
A delighted Anderson admits that the World Series is all about barnstorming MVG, who lost in the quarters to James Wade, versus the rest.
He said: “It’s a really good win to get. Winning here and in Dubai goes some way to losing the Premier League.
“That Dutchman van Gerwen is something else, I owe him one for taking my title off me!
“In some ways when we come out to these World Series events it’s like Michael versus the other seven of us.
“It’s up to us seven to try and stop him. He’s been that phenomenal for the past couple of years, he has become the benchmark.
“But it’s good to let him know as much as possible that we can still beat him and that make winning here in Auckland and Dubai so satisfying. Michael hasn’t got it all his own way just yet!”
Ando roared back from 4-0 down to 4-4 before overpowering RVB 11-7 and had to recover from an early deficit in the final to Auckland Masters defending champ Lewis.
From 2-1 down, the Musselburgh marksman led 5-3 but couldn’t shake off on-form Jackpot, who had beaten Wade in his semi-final with 12 maximum 180s.
However at 9-7 in front, Anderson pushed on for the title with 86 and bull finish before a typical tops to clinch the title.
Anderson was particularly happy with surviving jet lag to land his second World Series triumph – as he bids to win the championship, his first major on home soil in Braehead in November.
The Series now heads to Shanghai this week and he added: “Barney hit me with everything in the first four legs of the semi-final but I got a leg and when it was 4-3 it was a different game. A few years ago I’d have probably got beaten but now I’ve got a bit of fight in me.
“Adrian has played brilliantly too. He was great against Phil Taylor and he’s a very good friend of mine, and up on stage we try to have some battles – and the 180s and 140s and doubles came together tonight. Adrian missed a few of the big checkouts but that’s darts.
“I don’t think I’ve ever made it to breakfast in a hotel five days on the trot, all at 6am. I wouldn’t mind, all the players were there!
“It really affected us all but it didn’t stop our performances on the oche. Perhaps we need to be knackered all the time when we play.
“It’s been an incredible experience and loved every minute of it. New Zealand is an amazing place – even more amazing when you win!”
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