World Grand Prix Darts: Michael van Gerwen holds off Nathan Aspinall to claim sixth double-start title | Darts News
Michael van Gerwen stumbles over the line with a 5-3 victory over Nathan Aspinall to add the 2022 edition of the World Grand Prix to his 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 crowns; the Dutch star also adds to the Premier League and World Matchplay titles he has already won this year
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Highlights from the World Grand Prix Final between Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall which saw the Dutchman win his sixth title despite a fiery fightback from his opponent
Michael van Gerwen held off a blistering comeback from Nathan Aspinall to claim a sixth World Grand Prix title at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Sunday.
The Dutchman continued his Premier League and World Matchplay triumphs earlier this year by reclaiming the World Grand Prix title on another memorable night.
Van Gerwen won his first PDC TV title at the World Grand Prix ten years ago and celebrated the anniversary by winning the £120,000 top prize and lifting the specially commissioned new trophy.
The success was also his first in the dual start format since 2019, as he denied Aspinall – playing for his first major title since 2020 – a second TV ratings title.
Check out the best action from the World Grand Prix Final in Leicester
Van Gerwen and Aspinall congratulated each other after the World Grand Prix Final which saw the Dutchman win his sixth title
The Stockport bowler was down four sets as Van Gerwen stormed to the title but fought back with three straight sets in an audacious display before the world number three finally sealed the glory.
“For me to get this trophy back is amazing,” Van Gerwen said. “It’s great to have this tournament in my hands again, but I had to fight really hard to get it.
“When a guy like Nathan puts his relaxed mode on, he can play phenomenal darts, but I’m glad I won this one. It was tough.
“I wasn’t panicking at all – I think I did all the damage early in the gates. I think it was brilliant for darts – I was 4-0 and Nathan never gave up, he keep fighting.”
Van Gerwen kicked off the World Grand Prix Final with this epic 116 crates…
‘The Green Machine’ won the opening round with a 116 finish, then struck out 83 to break and double ten to seal the first set.
The second and third sets both went the full distance in five sets, but Van Gerwen was too strong in the deciding set on each occasion as he created a cushion in three sets.
Aspinall led in the fourth set, only for five missed doubles over the next two ends, which proved costly as the 33-year-old Dutchman surged and then added a double ten to win the set and a lead. of 4-0.
‘The Asp’ came one leg down in the fifth set to start his fightback with three successive legs to start a brave response, cheered by a supporting crowd.
Van Gerwen missed six starting doubles in the opening match of the sixth set, and Aspinall also won back-to-back matches as he won a second set by a score of 3-1.
Van Gerwen held his shot under pressure from Aspinall with that 112 checkout in the opening set of the third set…
The comeback continued in set seven despite a brilliant 12-dart from Van Gerwen, who missed seven starting doubles in leg four as Aspinall followed up two previous 14-darts with a double five to claim a third straight set to put pressure on his opponent.
Missed double-top darts from Aspinall in each of the first two sets of the eighth set allowed Van Gerwen to post a brace of double tens as he moved a leg away from glory.
But Aspinall wasn’t done as he clinched the highs to keep his hopes alive in leg three and hit the same bed to level the set, but in a tense decisive step he missed two doubles with Van Gerwen stepping in to properly seal a sixth World Grand Prix title on double six.
Van Gerwen lifts brand new World Grand Prix trophy
Van Gerwen also praised Aspinall’s return after a serious wrist injury sidelined him for six weeks at the start of 2022.
“Nathan struggled with such a serious arm injury, he brought honor to the sport last year,” he said.
“He fought back and I think that’s the difference between a winner and a loser, and I think he was a winner tonight.”
Aspinall paid tribute to Van Gerwen’s triumph, saying: “Michael has been amazing this week – he’s back to his best and he’s been the deserved winner of this tournament.
“When I was down 4-0, I just wanted to win a set and give him some play, and I did. I wanted to win him, and he did.
“He was phenomenal all week but I never gave up. It’s another final and I’m very happy.”
What is the next tournament on Sky Sports?
The Grand Slam of Darts at Aldersley Leisure Village is the next big tournament to hit your screens.
The prestigious 32-man event returns to Wolverhampton from November 12-20, as the biggest names in the sport compete for the iconic Eric Bristow Trophy.
Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright are among the players to have won televised events during the qualifying period, alongside Joe Cullen and Danny Noppert.
Vice-world champion Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Ryan Searle, Jonny Clayton and Nathan Aspinall are among the qualifiers, as are Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton.