Michael van Gerwen admitted he had no-one but himself to blame after seeing his reign as the PDC world champion come to an end at the hands of Rob Cross.
Van Gerwen lost his semi-final in a dramatic final-leg shootout against Cross, having missed six match darts earlier on in the contest.
I can only blame myself and nobody else.Michael van Gerwenn
And Mighty Mike offered no excuses for the loss, which ensured that Cross will face Phil Taylor in an all-English final on New Year's Day.
He told the official PDC website: "Missing these doubles was extremely painful. He played really well, all credit to him, but I should have won this. I can only blame myself and nobody else.
"Of course he's a great winner, but I think I deserved to win this match to be quite honest. I had six match darts and normally I don't miss that many.
"Those doubles were so close on the wire. I'm sick about that. Normally that doesn't happen to me and I'm the only one to blame for it.
"My scoring was good at the right moment, but my doubles let me down. I can only blame myself for that."
Van Gerwen claimed his second PDC world title 12 months ago when he defeated Gary Anderson 7-3, having first been crowned world champion in 2014 when he saw off Peter Wright 7-4.
Meanwhile, Cross is now 1/1 to defeat Taylor and become world champion and is 15/2 to clinch a 7-5 victory.
Sixteen-time champion Taylor, playing his last match as a professional, is 15/2 to claim a 7-4 victory.
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