Michael van Gerwen retained his Unibet Masters crown with an 11-6 victory over Dave Chisnall at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes, as he bounced back from his World Championship heartbreak in ideal fashion. Despite this, Michael’s hopes were very nearly ended by Phil Taylor in a dramatic semi-final tie.
Van Gerwen wasn’t at his vintage best against Chisnall in the final, averaging 98.94, posting six maximums and hitting 40% on his doubles, but he was always in control as he punished a sluggish start from Chizzy. Dave came from 8-0 down to stun Robert Thornton in the opening round, but he was unable to replicate such heroics against MvG.
Chisnall hadn’t beaten van Gerwen in their last 10 TV meetings; his last victory came at the 2013 World Grand-Prix, and this psychological hurdle appeared to be a telling factor, particularly in the early exchanges of the final.
van Gerwen was simply imperious in the opening stages. He held throw emphatically in the opening leg with a clinical 70 checkout, before doubling his lead courtesy of a two-dart 64 kill for a 14-dart break.
The pair traded maximums in a high-quality third leg, but van Gerwen held throw with a magnificent 84 checkout for an 11-darter. Chisnall’s scoring power was just lacking somewhat, and the Dutchman pinned D16 for another 14-dart break in the fourth leg.