Darts player misses seven chances to knock out red-hot Michael van Gerwen

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Michael van Gerwen wrapped up yet another European Tour title over the weekend as he swept to victory in Leverkusen.

Van Gerwen defeated Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-5 in the final of the European Open – an incredible 35th European Tour title for the Green Machine, who is back to his imperious best in 2022 after a lean couple of years by his mighty standards. But it should have all been over for the Dutchman at the quarter-final stage, where he took on Dirk van Duijvenbode, who incredibly missed seven match darts in the final two legs.

Van Gerwen eventually prevailed 6-5 to reach the semi-finals, where he gained revenge over Luke Humphries for a defeat to the former World Youth champion in the recent German Darts Grand Prix, averaging over 105 in a 7-2 win. He then held off Van den Bergh's challenge – in the Belgian's bid for a first European Tour title – to scoop the £25,000 top prize and claim a third successive Leverkusen win.

"It was really hard and I'm glad I won," said Van Gerwen, who averaged 102.49 in the final. "Dimitri is a phenomenal player, he always pushes me and he's a good player and a good guy. Sometimes he's a bit naive but I like him, and I think he's good for darts.

"The crowd today were phenomenal and I can't wish for anything more. It's always amazing in Leverkusen."

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An exciting final began as Van den Bergh broke with a 13-darter, but Van Gerwen replied in kind to level and also added an 11-darter as he moved 3-1 up. Van den Bergh hit back to level at three-all and responded to a superb 164 checkout from Van Gerwen to take out 80 in leg eight.

Van Gerwen, though, found another gear to pull clear, hitting six perfect darts in a 12-darter in leg nine and then finding double four to move 6-4 up. Three missed doubles allowed Van den Bergh in to win leg 11, but the Belgian then paid for missing two darts to level the tie as Van Gerwen posted double ten to restore his two-leg lead and double eight to seal the title.

The PDC European Tour continues with the Czech Darts Open in Prague this weekend. Before then, Sheffield will host the next round of the Premier League on Thursday night.

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