The 2018 world champion took in the opening round – Van Gerwen had a bye – Patrik Kovacs 6-4 and plans to make life difficult for the 32-year-old Dutchman on Saturday evening. “There’s a lot more in the tank and I’ll have to show that tomorrow. Michael is a great player, but if I’m there, he’ll have to play well,” the 2018 world champion said.
If you look at the statistics, you will realize that Van Gerwen will start the meeting during the tournament of the PDC Pro Tour as a huge favorite. 19 times the fourth seeded Brabander Cross in a mutual duel. There are only three victories of the 31-year-old Englishman. One of those victories is quite legendary.
During the 2018 World Cup, Van Gerwen received several competition arrows to reach the final, but it was Cross who reached the final and beat Phil Taylor. In the years that followed, Cross recorded a number of nice victories, but he rarely got to the sky-high level of his dream World Cup.
Rob Cross celebrates his opening victory
ⓒ LAWRENCE LUSTIG
Van Gerwen won a title for the first time this year last week. The not so unapproachable best darts player of recent years knocked in the final of the Nordic Darts Masters sensation Fallon Sherrock, and let his emotions run wild.
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