The 2014 Dubai Darts Masters saw Michael van Gerwen claim his second-successive victory in the Middle East, easing his through the field before disposing of Peter Wright in the final.
The titles keep on coming for MvG, who showed the kind of form that has made him world No. 1 throughout the tournament.
See below for the Dutchman's road to the championship:
Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen won back-to-back Dubai Darts Masters titles with a comprehensive 11-7 victory over Peter Wright in the final.
Snakebite struggled with doubles in his semi-final against Dave Chisnall, but came out all guns blazing on the Dubai stage by taking the opening leg with a 12-darter.
After hitting a 140 and a 180, Wright took out 138 to kick the final off in emphatic style.
Seven more legs passed before Van Gerwen finally stamped his authority on the match, taking four on the spin to lead 8-4 and go within three legs of the title.
Wright did manage to put up a valiant fight, though, summed up by his remarkable 158 in the 15th leg to give himself hope at 9-6.
However, this was always going to be Van Gerwen’s title, though you could have said that way back on Day 1.
His second 11-7 victory of the evening was testament to the way that he’s conducted himself on the stage from his very first throw, rightfully taking home the £65,000 winner’s prize.
Next up for MvG is the World Cup of Darts, where Raymond van Barneveld and himself will team up in Hamburg to land the tag of world champions.
With the way that the 25-year-old is playing, it would take a brave man to bet against him claiming glory in Germany alongside Barney, as the honours and titles continue to rack up for the Dutch sensation.
Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Adrian Lewis
In a clash of the titans, world No. 1 Michael van Gerwen booked his place in the final of the Dubai Darts Masters for the second year in succession with a hard-fought victory over Adrian Lewis.
Though coming into the semi-finals as the red-hot favourite, Van Gerwen got off to a poor start as Lewis leapt into a 3-1 lead in double-quick time.
The man from Stoke-on-Trent took out 234 in five darts to claim the fourth leg, though the match was up and down for Jackpot from then on.
Leading 6-5 in the 12th leg, Lewis missed a dart at tops to go two legs clear, allowing the Dutchman to mop up and level the match.
It proved to be the turning point of the semi-final, with Van Gerwen going on to win five of the remaining six legs to reach the final.
His 87 finish in an 11-dart final leg summed up his performance, with his high scoring and lethal finishing ability once again proving too much for his opponent.
The £65,000 winner’s prize is now within reach for the mercurial Dutchman, who will face either Dave Chisnall or Peter Wright in the final.
Peter Wright 11-8 Dave Chisnall
The second semi-final saw Peter Wright take on Dave Chisnall for the right to face Michael van Gerwen in the final, and it was a match that both players will want to forget in terms of checking out.
Per the PDC, Chisnall’s checkout rate of 19 per cent was only marginally bettered by Snakebite’s 26 per cent, with crucial double misses being the difference between the semi-finalists.
In a calamitous opening 10 legs, the scores were fairly locked together at 5-5, with both players performing as bad as each other.
In leg 6, Wright missed six darts at doubles as he spurned the chance to go 4-2 ahead, only for Chisnall to miss five in the very next leg to allow the man from Mendham to retake the lead.
As the match continued and the doubles continued to be missed, Wright landed a sucker punch in leg 16 to all but secure his place in the final.
With Chisnall waiting on tops, Snakebite took out 96 to make the score 10-6 and move within one of the final.
Though he let two legs slip, Wright finally booked his place in the Dubai Darts Masters final by taking out double 14 to confirm his 11-8 triumph.
Adrian Lewis 10-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis may not have managed to make the Premier League playoffs this season, but his campaign was served some redemption thanks to a 10-5 victory over champion Raymond van Barneveld in Thursday's opening match.
As Sky Sports Darts illustrates, there weren't a lot of areas in which "Barney" managed to best his competitor, save for coming out the better of the two when doubles were required:
"Jackpot" lost the first leg but came back to win four in a row, grabbing an impressive 105 finish in the fifth. Although Van Barneveld returned to narrow the scoreline to 5-3, matters were pretty much settled when Lewis distanced himself by taking three successive legs.
The result shows just how quickly one can go from hero to zero in the world of darts: Wildcard Van Barneveld now heads out of the running, having failed to leave much of an impact on his first event since winning the Premier League.
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Simon Whitlock
It was far more difficult to pull Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock apart when they took to the Dubai stage. The pair put on a tug-of-war contest, eventually edged by the former.
"Chizzy" came out of the blocks fastest, taking advantage of Whitlock's profligacy after hitting 180 to take the first leg, but "The Wizard" then showed some initiative of his own in assuming a 5-2 lead.
Sky Sports Darts were again on hand to tell the tale of the two, statistically:
From that 5-2 deficit, the pair took turns in chipping away at the scoreboard before Chisnall brought it to 7-7, levelling things up with a terrific 11-darter.
And to round off a matchup of extremely equal measures, Chizzy resumed the lead at 9-8 and finished off with double 13 to wrap up a glorious comeback win.
Peter Wright 10-5 Phil Taylor
Peter Wright and Phil Taylor kept things close early, but Snakebite won six consecutive legs to record one of the greatest wins of his career, as shared by Live Darts:
The Power has struggled at times during the 2014 season, and Thursday's match was no different, the experienced veteran only recorded five 140+ scores and had a finishing rate of just 28 percent.
Wright seemed to have the upper hand from the get-go, opening up a two-frame lead to start proceedings. The Power fought back to 2-2 and keep things close for the next five legs, putting together a 5-4 lead. But Wright seemed to be holding himself back more than Taylor taking control, and when Taylor failed to finish 90 to extend the lead to two frames, Wright found his rhythm.
As shared by PDC Results, Snakebite averaged four points higher when all was said and done:
Wright will take on Chisnall in the semi-finals.
Michael van Gerwen 10-9 James Wade
Defending champion Van Gerwen needed a deciding leg to edge past James Wade, as fans got to witness an epic final match of darts on the first night of the Dubai Masters. Live Darts had the final result:
The Machine needed no more than 14 darts twice to take a 2-0 lead and continued playing very efficiently, ending the night with a 56 percent finishing average. As shared by PDC Results, the world champion held a massive advantage in average score, but Wade's excellent finishing gave Van Gerwen fits all night long:
Five consecutive leg wins for Van Gerwen threatened to break Wade's resolve, but the Englishman fought back to 8-8, aided by a big error from Mighty Mike in frame 14.
Both players took one more leg, setting up a decider in which Van Gerwen took an early lead he never relinquished, finishing with double-16.
The defending champion will play Lewis in the semi-final, and if his form against compatriot Van Barneveld is any indication, Mighty Mike will have to find a way to improve on his quarter-final-performance if he wants to survive Jackpot.
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