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Michael van Gerwen is again from arm surgical procedure and able to reclaim the World Matchplay crown however he has Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis to deal with first; Watch each session on the Winter Gardens in Blackpool till Sunday, July 24 – dwell on Sky Sports activities

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Michael van Gerwen is decided to reclaim the World Matchplay title after a six-year drought

Michael van Gerwen has jetted into the Las Vegas of the north prepared to beat his first-round opponent Adrian Lewis and reclaim the World Matchplay title after a six-year drought.

We final noticed the Dutchman on Sky Sports activities celebrating victory in a primary PDC Premier occasion for over 18 months as he sealed his sixth Premier League title.

Van Gerwen was pressured to overlook the World Cup of Darts, although, as he returned to the Netherlands for surgical procedure to repair carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing arm to keep away from struggling everlasting nerve harm.

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With docs recommending at the least six to eight weeks relaxation, Van Gerwen returned to motion a lot sooner on the Dutch Darts Masters in Amsterdam the place he suffered a early defeat to Danny Noppert.

However having hung out enjoyable on vacation in Las Vegas and Ibiza, ‘The Inexperienced Machine’ is again in competitors mode along with his sole give attention to bringing down 2013 runner-up Lewis in a blockbuster conflict on Sunday night.

“Throwing-wise, I am 100 per cent fantastic,” Van Gerwen informed Sky Sports activities. “I am unable to actually complain, however when you do one thing silly then in fact you are not going to be 100 per cent.

“I have been practising the final week actually good, actually targeted and it went properly, which for me is absolutely vital. I additionally wanted to do it as a result of I am enjoying Adrian Lewis and everyone knows what he’s able to. He does not at all times flip up, however when he does [you know] it may be a troublesome recreation.”

Take a look back at the classic semi-final between Van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis at the World Matchplay in 2013

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Have a look again on the basic semi-final between Van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis on the World Matchplay in 2013

Have a look again on the basic semi-final between Van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis on the World Matchplay in 2013

Requested whether or not Van Gerwen expects any gamesmanship on the Winter Gardens stage, he smiled: “Everyone knows what Adrian Lewis is like. He is filled with tips, everybody is aware of his recreation. You must put together your self for this as a result of he stands, he talks and other people know that.

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“I at all times inform him that anyway, but it surely’s only a little bit of banter between us so it is all good.

“Whenever you’re on the stage enjoying one another, it’s a must to beat one another. No matter it takes and that is how they suppose as properly.

“In the event you have a look at my attracts on the World Matchplay during the last couple of years, I’ve had some robust attracts anyway, but it surely additionally makes you a stronger participant. You already know precisely what it’s a must to do and there is no straightforward attracts anymore.”

We take a look back at the first time Van Gerwen claimed World Matchplay glory in 2015

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We have a look again on the first time Van Gerwen claimed World Matchplay glory in 2015

We have a look again on the first time Van Gerwen claimed World Matchplay glory in 2015

Speaking about his rivalry with Lewis, Van Gerwen added: “Lewis is an exceptional participant however when you ask me the query if he did sufficient along with his expertise? I would say no.

“Adrian has had a little bit of unhealthy luck over the previous few years, however that is how it’s. He is looking for his manner again to the highest and I’ve to cease him. That is my focus now.”

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First Spherical: Sunday, July 17 (1930 BST)

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Van Gerwen is aiming to land his first title in Blackpool since 2016 and his first main rating event since 2020.

“I’ve to do the identical as what I did within the Premier League and that’s to do the correct issues on the proper second. Simply get pleasure from your self and do the stuff you like, which is enjoying darts in entrance of lots of people on the highest degree,” mentioned Van Gerwen, who’s seeded fourth for the showpiece occasion of the darting summer season.

“In the event you have a look at Jonny Clayton for instance, he gained 4 tournaments final yr they usually have been all non-ranked. Sadly, you can not decide and select.

“Each event I am competing in, I need to win, and that is the one factor I am taking a look at. If it is ranked, then it is a bonus.

“If I need to get greater up within the rankings then I’ve to ensure I do properly in tournaments just like the Grand Prix, the World Matchplay and the Grand Slam of Darts.”

Take a look at each day Darts information on skysports.com/darts, our app for cellular gadgets and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. You’ll be able to watch the World Matchplay on the Winter Gardens in Blackpool – dwell on Sky Sports activities over the following 9 days.