Wayne Mardle: Michael van Gerwen the man to beat in World Grand Prix

Wayne Mardle looks to examine how the 2019 World Grand Prix will perform.
Through the years, it has always been that kind of came out of nowhere, you can kind of say that the good players do eventually reach the closing, or even the phases. Even with the Gurney-Whitlock closing. While they werent anticipated to reach the final and for Daryl Gurney to acquire it, you could observe the quality gets through someplace.
Michael van Gerwen is by far the best player in the world when he is off, he has been for chunks of this year. His stats are still better than anybody else. He has won this four times. He also knows how to win it. He has won it in14,16,18, so it cant be won by him, he must win it 20!
Hes brilliant in shirts, and he is very good at coming into the 60. I am still amazed that he has not struck on a nine-darter within this event. I view him as the one, I do.
But I feel some of them need to begin thinking a bit more. What I mean is if that overlooks, and Michael will go for tops, he might move 18s or 32, however, that is his normal route. Where their beginning double eludes them we see some of these and theyre looking around the board for a thing. You have got T19 in normal start… that they know what theyre going to do before they measure up to the board. But double beginning just seems odd to them, as it is just once a year.
Going back into Rob Cross, hes never won a game. Until he was world champ and was seed this past year, hes only played in it twice.
He doesnt feel comfortable with it. When you get the entire number two uneasy with a structure, since he does not have the regular or rhythm, you have got to thinkright, I have got to be certain that does not happen to me.
However, as there are only eight seeds in this, can it be the worst attraction? number nine, mensur Suljovic. Thats definitely the most draw I think I have seen in quite a while.
It and it occurs to be well. The players are not utilised to set-play. They love set-play, but theyre not used to it. Its all leg-play. What they do – the European Tour the Premier League that the Matchplay. Everything aside from the Worlds is leg-play.
Therefore again, more tension is heaped on, as,Its the leg of the group. This is huge, this is huge. Right, theyve missed. I have got to get this. Youre simply not relaxed because it is set-play, and because its double-in, double-out. It just adds to the play. It is drama-ridden.
This is one of these events, and Ive been on the receiving end and I have handed it all out. All of a sudden, your very first dart begins to discover that dual and the entire game appears to be simple, since you get to a double, and your opponent is about 250. You reach a double your competitor is on 193. You are not doing everything right, but theyre simply not getting off. You find yourself.
The opposite side of that is that your competitor can not cope.
You hit they or doubles strike doubles with a regularity of state 40-45 percent. Therefore you expect them to get away over the first three or 2 darts each moment. It is only a different animal. It causes you to panic. People who win this are people who do the right thing at the ideal time, like everyone does, however, also the ones which are just not panicking. You cannot panic in this arrangement. Youre able to eliminate it over 501, when it is old college, as you can kick away with 85, your competitor kicks off with 60, youre still a little better, even if youve thrown a couple of iffy darts. You throw a few darts that are iffy to get off, it saps your confidence big time. Horrible format!
We keep saying it it is getting away, and its finishing. But its the only event of the year that ruins the rhythm of the participant. So the players who… theyre speedsters or theyll suit each other if they may. I just think that all goes out the window.
I keep taking a look at the Lewis-Jermaine Wattimena game. I can envision this being a nervy event, although that should be somewhat pacey. Adrian does not know what hes doing. Jermaine just wants to get on with it. But with it, you can not just get on with double-start. Youve got to consider it.
Ricky Evans, hes got to do this. Dimitri van den Bergh. Jermaine Wattimena. They have got to get routines, and know theyre breaking these shots down. It is vitally important for this. It is not a normal game.
He will look back on it fondly because hes won it four times. Never and if he had won it in 2012 won it again, then it would be another story. But hes won it four times, and been beaten in a closing once by Robert Thornton.
Michael understands this arrangement suits himand he knows he is among the very best, if not the ideal double-hitter around Earth. He is up there you can pull out. In addition to that, but he is the most constant. He has proven that and is now a three time world champ. He has got to thinkwell they have got to beat on me.
I just looked at the stats. He probably should have beaten by Peter Wright. I recall it it was 2-2 in places. That I said that is it today, and the fifth set was won by michael after Peter needed a dart to triumph, hell relax and perform like Michael van Gerwen. When Van Gerwen is under level, you can not afford not to take your chances. He had been nominated for five sets under 80, and that he was still 3-2 up. That is a lot of others and also the difference between van Gerwen – its how good hes at the time when he is playing. I still think hes the guy to beat. I really dont know what it was, I simply think he is placing himself under stress that is a lot of , too frequently. He knows how to relax and he has to relax.
I am not a fence-sitter because you know. But regardless of because it is a double-start, I can completely see it since its the best of three, what result, you really wind up considering names, [wondering] can he achieve the final?
I consider a half and think, can he reach the semi-final? Looking at some of the matches should you have a take a look at averages alone, it is ridiculous. They mean nothing.
Check out Rob Cross lure. Its horrible. Hes got Mensur in the very first round. If he wins, he has Durrant or Ratajski, if he wins hes probably got Peter Wright. Its awful. It is completely awful. I have not ruled out Rob, but that is an absolute stinker as draws go.
I believe……. I will say MVG will play Ian White or Michael Smith in the semi-final. Ive said it year. But its come to the point at which Ian White is presently one of the greatest players on the planet on a daily basis, but hes got to be among the best from the world on a large platform.
I am a real backer of Michael Smith. I think hes got the game and I can see him running riot, when he starts hitting that tops. I could even see when he gets to the semi-finals him beating Van Gerwen. I can not view he being beaten by Whitlock.
The winner of Joe Cullen and Ian White, I think that will be Ian White by the way. However, Ian White to the stage? He let it go and was in a position that is winning back.
How Im looking at the normal protagonists to win it, but I have a sense that the winner of Price vs Chizzy, I think the closing is reached by that the winner of the game in the bottom half.
You have got Gurney in there and he is a winner however, Cost and Chizzys winner, they need to think the winner of Bunting and Clayton are there for the shooting, which puts them. Its not a given that Gurney defeats on Aspinall or Noppert, who is throwing some things I believe Chizzy and Price and darts are currently enjoying to day. Theyre playing very well.
Im going for Price or Chizzy to reach the final. For me its Chisnall or Price to get to the semis, and 2 from any three on top [half], be it Smith, White or van Gerwen.
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