• World No1 produces record-breaking display to beat fellow Dutchman
• Van Gerwen meets reigning champion Gary Anderson in Monday’s final
There are dream finals, there are probable epics, and there is Gary Anderson versus Michael van Gerwen in the final of the PDC World Championship. The two best players on earth will meet tonight after emphatic victories in the semi-finals. The reigning champion, Anderson, won his 17th consecutive match at the worlds, beating Peter Wright 6-3. The world No1 Van Gerwen’s response was to shatter the record for the highest average in this tournament during his 6-2 win over Raymond van Barneveld.
On the oche the two are very similar, rapid-fire geniuses who have taken darts to another level. Their contrasting backstories will add even greater spice. Anderson, champion in the past two years, says he does not need to win; Van Gerwen says a year in which he won 25 tournaments will be a disaster if he does not become world champion. “This means nothing,” he said after the semi-finals. “My hands are still empty. The final is all that counts. I made my goal very clear, and anyone in my path needs to get out of my way.”