Michael van Gerwen romped to his fourth PDC World Darts Championship final last night with an emphatic 6-1 victory over rival Gary Anderson.
However, a strange event occurred during Van Gerwen’s walk in, in which Anderson’s four-year-old son Tai asked the Dutchman for his signature, to which the semi-finalist duly obliged.
Surprisingly it’s not even the first time that Tai’s admiration for the ‘Green Machine’ has come to light, Anderson himself gave an interview confirming his son’s support for the two-time World Champion when Tai was only two-years-old.
“It’s a bit gutting that my own wee boy loves Michael so much he wants him to win the Premier League
“It will be interesting to see who he shouts for if we both make the final. It will be way past his bedtime so perhaps if he wants Michael to win he’ll get sent to bed.
“Michael always takes time out with Tai when he sees him and that just goes to show that he is a top guy,” explained Anderson back in 2016.
It was the Dutchman who was far superior on the night as he averaged 104.76 and recorded 11 maximums in an outstanding display.
The opening set lived up to expectations, as the ‘Flying Scotsman’ hit 127 and 104 checkouts to force a deciding leg, which Van Gerwen won.
It was then that MvG showed why he is the world number one as he stormed way out ahead of his opponent by taking the next four sets and winning a staggering 13 out of 14 legs in the process with Anderson struggling to get a look in.
Anderson did, however, avoid the whitewash as he kept his cool to land a double 12 to take the sixth set, with Van Gerwen waiting on just 28 to seal the match.
Van Gerwen did eventually get the job done, though, in the seventh set as he rattled off the last three legs and finished on tops to seal his place in the World Championship final.
MvG will now face tenth seeded Michael Smith in Tuesday’s mouth-watering final after he recorded a 6-3 win over outsider Nathan Aspinall, hitting a 105.22 average in the process.
The Dutchman will be searching for his third World Championship which would in fact put him ahead of Anderson.