Scottish darts professional Gary Anderson succumbed to a heavy defeat at Alexandra Palace on Sunday night as Michael van Gerwen produced one of the best performances of his pro-career to make it to the finals of the PDC World Darts Championship.
The match was expected to be an enticing encounter between two champions, although it ultimately turned out to be an entirely one-sided contest, with the final scoreline 6-1 in favour of the Dutchman.
Van Gerwen is determined to secure his third world title after narrowly missing out last year, and he showed no signs of letting it slip this time around.
The Flying Scotsman started on a promising note, but it was the world number one at the other end who held the nerves and took the first set 3-2.
From there on in, it was all Van Gerwen, as he dominated proceedings, averaging 104.76, firing 11 maximums, and hitting 50% of his doubles to gain the victory.
Van Gerwen asserted what strategy he adopted to defeat the two-time champion, but also mentioned that the work is yet unfinished as clearing the final hurdle remains his prime focus in the new year.
He said: "I played really well, especially early doors. He[Anderson] couldn't find his form and I took advantage.
"I had a phenomenal bullseye finish early doors and I didn't give him any room to breathe.
"It means the world [to get to the final]. I do a lot to come to this stage but the work is not done yet."
Anderson took to social media to acknowledge the fact that he got outclassed by Van Gerwen on the night and apologised to his fans for the underwhelming showing.
He also commended the performances of Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith, predicting bright futures for both.
The 48-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Sorry guys just got an ass whooping from @MvG180 Best of luck to both boys in the final. Also what a game between @NathanAspi & @BullyBoy180 outstanding game what a future they both have. Happy new year thanks for all your support!”
Smith booked his place against Van Gerwen in the final after a hard fought 6-3 win over Aspinall earlier in the same night.