Van Gerwen is unbeaten in 19 matches against The Ice Man (credit:Michael Cooper/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen believes Gerwyn Price has “bottled it” in their recent big stage meetings and insists “close isn’t good enough”.
Box office stars Van Gerwen and Price will face off for the 20th time in PDC competition on Sunday afternoon as they compete for a place in the Boylesports
Grand Slam final.
Van Gerwen’s imperious head-to-head record is no secret, having not lost to ‘The Ice Man’ in any of their previous meetings, winning 18 and drawing one.
Their last five encounters have gone to a final leg, most recently in the World Series Finals a fortnight ago – when the Dutchman came from 4-2 down to edge through 6-5.
Van Gerwen has commenced the mind games ahead of their latest show-down, suggesting the Welshman chokes at the finish line.
“He has been getting closer to me in some games but close isn’t good enough,” Van Gerwen told Live Darts.
“Every time when he’s had a chance, he’s bottled it and I hope he’s also going to bottle it tomorrow.
“I keep reminding him of the record every practice session we have.
“He’s a phenomenal player, he’s done really well lately and he’s good for darts.
“To have games against him, they’re always special and there’s always good banter and something on the end of the line.
“I want to win that game, simple as that.”
Van Gerwen is out to move a step closer to a fourth Grand Slam title in his last five appearances having progressed to his fifth consecutive Semi-Final in Wolverhampton.
He is odds-on favourite to dethrone Price and reclaim the crown, and the Dutchman believes he will not be halted on finals day, adding: “I don’t see any danger in anyone, only myself.
“I’m capable of destroying everyone.
“I know of all the players left I have the most talent by a mile, so if I play well and don’t make any mistakes then I will be the champion, simple.
“Talent-wise, none of the other three can beat, but I have to stay concentrated and not make any mistakes.”