Majestic Michael van Gerwen got back to winning ways at the weekend when he beat James Wade 8-3 to win the Shanghai Masters. Van Gerwen was on a run of no win in this last three competitions, which for the Dutchman could be seen as a crisis as he has blown everyone away over the previous three years. The world number one was pushed the whole way by a rejuvenated James Wade. Wade had beaten Gerwen in Auckland and had also won three of the last four meetings between the two. On route to another final Wade had beaten double World Champion Gary Anderson 8-7 and in a thrilling, last leg Wade had threatened to treat the crowd to a nine-dart finish after hitting six perfect darts. Then in the semi-final, Wade beat the sixteen times champion of the world Phil Taylor 8-6, by outscoring the great man. Van Gerwen had somewhat an easier passage to the final. In the quarter-final, the green machine brushed past fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld with an 8-4 victory. In the semi-final Dave Chisnall found himself 4-1 up against van Gerwen, but the world number one found the extra gears we all know he has to win 7 of the last eight legs to book a place in the final.
James Wade 8-7 Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor 8-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 8-6 Adrian Lewis
James Wade 8-6 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dave Chisnall
The final started at a blistering pace, with van Gerwen taking out 138 in the first leg then followed that with a 97 finish. Wade responded and played more than his part in superb final by checking 116 to trail 3-1. But it’s was van Gerwen who had all the answers, as the Dutchman produced some interlacing darts at times. Wade’s game is in a great place right now and has shown why he is still one of the best in the game; I’m sure this won’t be the last time we see these two slogging it out in a final.
|James Wade||3-8||Michael van Gerwen|
|1||Breaks of Throw||3|
|3/7 – 43%||Checkout %||8/20 – 40%|