MVG happy with winning start

29 January 2018 07:09:12 EST

World number one Michael van Gerwen was delighted to have got back on track by winning The Masters for the fourth year in a row.

The Dutchman defeated compatriot Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 at Arena MK to retain his title, having to fight back from 4-1 and 8-5 behind to be crowned champion.

I'm trying my best all the time and I want to win every tournament that I play in.

Michael van Gerwen

And the success was enough more important for MVG as he began the process of making up for having failed to win a third PDC World Championship recently - where he was beaten in the semi-finals by eventual champion Rob Cross.

He told the official PDC website: "I had a big disappointment in the World Championship, but you need to be strong.

"I went on holiday and came back stronger and I'm really proud of myself. I'd like to have more days like this.

"I think this is the perfect start to the year. I played a good tournament and hit some big averages against some great players. Everyone wants a good start to the year and I've started well.

"I'm trying my best all the time and I want to win every tournament that I play in, so I'm really glad that I can take this trophy home."

Van Gerwen will be back in action later this week when the new Premier League season gets under way in Dublin, where he is scheduled to face Cross once again.

Mighty Mike has reached the final of the Premier League in each of the last five seasons, winning the title in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

He is priced at 1/4 to defeat Cross on Thursday evening and is 7/2 to do so by a 7-4 scoreline, with Van Gerwen available at 8/13 to retain his Premier League crown.

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