Darts: Michael van Gerwen sets sights on world title and has no fear of Phil Taylor
Last Updated: 02/12/13 4:45pm
Van Gerwen high on confidence
Michael van Gerwen has set his sights on winning the PDC World Darts Championship after claiming the Cash Converters Players Championship on Sunday.
Van Gerwen fought back from 6-3 down against Phil Taylor in the final at the Butlins Minehead Resort to clinch a 11-7 success.
The 24-year-old is the second seed for this year's tournament which begins on December 13 at the Alexandra Palace in London with Taylor still the man to beat.
Taylor has been dominant in 2013 with Sunday's final defeat to Van Gerwen just his second final defeat all year, the other also came against the Dutchman.
"To first beat Adrian Lewis and then beat Phil Taylor. It gives you some extra confidence for the World Championships."
Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen is back on song following his weekend triumph and despite losing last year's final 7-4 to Taylor he believes he can now go one step further.
"Me and Phil always have great games. I was behind again. After the second break of play I played really well," he told Sky Sports when reflecting on Sunday's win.
"I had some very good finishing and I put under pressure throughout the game. That's why I won.
"To first beat Adrian Lewis and then beat Phil Taylor. It gives you some extra confidence for the World Championships.
"It's not been easy for the last six months. He's won everything. He's only lost two finals this year and that's twice against me.
Taylor excited as World Championships near
"I've got my confidence now. I want to do well in every tournament and I'm very consistent so I hope to do some more damage in the future. I want to keep my form going and I think I can.
"I know exactly what you need to do to beat Phil, but first you need to do it and it's not that easy.
"We're okay with each other. We have a lot of respect for each other. He's won so many titles. He's still the man - simple. Yesterday (on Sunday) I was the man."