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

Wayne Mardle looks to test how the 2019 World Grand Prix will play out.
Throughout the decade, its always been, apart from a Brendan Dolan which sort of came out of nowhere, you are able to kind of say the players do eventually reach the closing, or even the stages. Even with all the Gurney-Whitlock final. While they were not anticipated to reach the final and you might see the quality for Daryl Gurney to acquire it gets through somewhere.
Michael van Gerwen is definitely the best player in the world when hes off, which he has been for enormous chunks of this season. His stats are still better than anyone else. He has won this four occasions. He also knows how to win it. He has won it 14,16,18, therefore he cant win it, he has to win it 20!
He is brilliant at shirts, and he is very good at coming down into the 60. Im still amazed that he hasnt hit on a nine-darter within this occasion. I view him as the one, I really do.
But I feel a few of these need to begin thinking a bit more. What I mean is shirts will be gone for by Michael, and if that misses, he may move 18s or 32, but that is his regular route. Where their starting double eludes them, we see some of these and theyre looking round the board for a thing they fancy. You have got T19 in ordinary start… they know what theyre going to do until they measure up to the board. But double start just seems odd to them, since its just once a year.
Hes never won a game. Before he had been has been seed and world champ last year he has only played in it twice.
He definitely does not feel comfortable. When you get the world number two uncomfortable using a format, because he does not possess the regular or rhythm, then you have got to believeright, Ive got to be sure that does not happen to me.
However, because there are just eight seeds within this, can it be the worst possible attraction? World number nine, mensur Suljovic. That is the most dreadful draw that I think Ive seen in quite a while.
It and it appears to be. The players arent utilised to set-play. They are not utilised to it, although they love set-play. It is all leg-play. What they do – in that the Matchplay, the Tour, the Pro Tour, the Premier League, the World Series events. Everything apart from the Worlds is leg-play.
Therefore more tension is heaped on, because,Its the deciding leg of this set. That is huge, this is enormous. Theyve missed. Ive got to get this. You are simply not relaxed because its double-in, double-out, also since it is set-play. It merely adds to the drama. Its drama-ridden.
This is one of these events, and Ive been on the receiving end and Ive given out it. All of a sudden, your very first dart starts to discover that dual and the entire game appears to be easy, as you reach a double, and your competitor is around 250. You get to a double your opponent is about 193. Youre not doing everything right, but they are just not getting off. You find yourself under no stress.
The opposite side of that is that your opponent just can not cope.
You hit doubles or else they strike doubles with a regularity of say 40-45 per cent. So you expect them to get away every moment. It is just a different animal. It causes you to panic. Those who acquire this are people that do the perfect thing at the perfect time, like everybody does, but also those which are simply not panicking. You cannot panic within this arrangement. Its possible to eliminate it on 501, if its old school, as you can kick with 85, your competitor kicks off with 60, youre still a bit better, even in case youve chucked a couple iffy darts. You throw a couple of darts that are iffy to get off, it saps your confidence big time. Horrible format!
We keep mentioning it its getting off, and its finishing. However, its the only real event of the year that destroys this players rhythm. So the gamers that… theyre speedsters or they will suit each other when they could. I just think that all goes out the window.
I keep taking a look at the Lewis-Jermaine Wattimena game. I can envision it being a event, although that should be somewhat pacey. Adrian does not understand what hes doing at this time. Jermaine just wants to get on it. However, with double-start, you can not just get on with it. Youve got to consider doing it.
Ricky Evans, hes got to do that. Dimitri van den Bergh as well. Jermaine Wattimena. Theyve got to have routines, and know theyre breaking down these shots. Its vitally important because of this. It is not a game.
He will return on it fondly because he has won four times to it. If he won it again and never had won it, then it would be another story. But he has won four times to it, also been beaten at a final once by Robert Thornton.
Michael knows that this arrangement suits himand he understands he is among the best, if not the very best double-hitter around Earth. He is up there in each statistic it is possible to pull out. In addition to that, but he is the most constant. Hes proven that and is a 3 time world champ. He has got to thinkwell theyve got to beat on me.
I just looked at the stats from this past year. He probably ought to have got beaten by Peter Wright. I remember it it was 2-2 in places. That I said thats it today, and michael won the fifth place after Peter had a dart to win, hell relax and perform Michael van Gerwen. When Van Gerwen is below level, you can not afford to not take your opportunities. He averaged for five sets, and he was up. Thats a lot of the others and also the difference between van Gerwen – its how good he is in the time when he is playing. I think he is the guy. I really dont know exactly what it is, I think hes placing himself under stress , too often. He knows the way to relax and he has to unwind.
As you understand I am not a fence-sitter. But regardless of since its a double-start, I could see it since its the best of three, what outcome, you really end up considering names [wondering] could he attain the final?
I think and consider a half, can he reach the semi-final? Looking at a number of the matches from this past year, when you have a look at averages independently, it is ridiculous. They mean nothing.
Look at Rob Cross lure. Its horrible. Hes got Mensur from the very first round. When he wins, hes got Ratajski or Durrant, if he wins hes probably got Peter Wright. Its awful. It is absolutely awful. Ive not ruled out Rob, but as pulls go, thats an absolute stinker.
I presume……. I will say MVG and Michael Smith or Ian White will perform from the semi-final. I have stated it year after year approximately Michael Smith. But its come to the stage where Ian White is among the greatest players on the planet on a daily basis, but hes got to be one of the finest in the entire world on a major platform.
Im a backer of Michael Smith. I believe hes got the match and I can see him running riot, when he starts hitting that tops. I could see if he gets to the semi-finals Van Gerwen being beaten by him. I can not view he being beaten by Whitlock.
Joe Cullen and Ian Whites winner, I think that would be Ian White by the way. But Ian White on the big stage? That he let it go and was in a winning position back.
The way I am looking at the protagonists that are standard to acquire it, but Ive got a feeling the winner of Price vs Chizzy, I believe that the winner of the game reaches the closing.
Youve got Gurney in there and hes a winner however Cost and Chizzys winner, they need to think the winner of Bunting and Clayton are still there for the taking, that puts them into the quarter-finals. Its not a given that Gurney defeats on Aspinall or Noppert, whos throwing some good stuff I simply think that Cost and Chizzy and darts are enjoying with to day. Theyre playing very well.
I am going for Chizzy or Price to achieve the final. For me its Price or Chisnall to get to the semis, and two from any three on the top [half], be it Smith, White or van Gerwen.
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