Michael van Gerwen sets sights on maiden PDC World Darts Championship title

Last Updated: 02/01/13 10:43am

Michael van Gerwen: 'Ready to rumble' against Phil Taylor

Michael van Gerwen admits reaching his maiden PDC World Darts Championship final is a "dream come true" - and he is now focused on overcoming Phil Taylor in Tuesday night's eagerly-anticipated showdown.

Van Gerwen is looking to cap a breakthrough season with the ultimate prize in darts, but will have to overcome 15-time world champion Taylor in order to do so.

The Dutchman goes into the New Year's Day clash having won his last two meetings with Taylor, but the 23-year-old insists he will be taking nothing for granted against the Stoke legend.

Speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of the final, Van Gerwen said: "Of course I have nerves but that is normal. Today I will rest, I need it, and then I'll be ready to rumble against Phil Taylor.

"I like playing him and he likes playing me so it should be a hard game. It's one for everyone to watch - it's going to be a cracking match. He'll be ready to play me - he wants his title back, I want my first title.

"We are both going to work very hard and it's going to be a cracking game. For me it's a dream come true."

Van Gerwen was the width of a wire away from recording back-to-back nine-dart legs during his thrilling 6-4 semi-final victory over James Wade on Sunday night.

While disappointed not to have made history by landing double 12, 'Mighty Mike' insists he was just relieved to win through to his first ever final at Alexandra Palace.

He added: "I have never been in that position before and I was unlucky with that last dart. I was pleased to hit the first one, it was amazing but it's not about the nine-darter it's about winning the game.

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"I'm a quick player, I like to play quick and that's just my game. I put on a great game yesterday (against Wade), it was a difficult game for me and I have one game left to play against Phil Taylor - he is a fabulous player, 15-time world champion so it's going to be hard."

Taylor was involved in an angry confrontation with Van Gerwen's compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in the aftermath of his semi-final, with 'The Power' seemingly unwilling to accept any post-match congratulations from his rival.

But Van Gerwen refused to be drawn into any comment on the incident.

He said: "I know them both very well. I didn't see exactly what happened so I can't say anything about it. I'm not a bad loser, it's always your own fault and no-one else's so you need to be angry with yourself, no-one else."