Michael van Gerwen captured his first title of 2021 at the Nordic Darts Masters with a thrilling 11-7 win over…
Michael van Gerwen captured his first title of 2021 at the Nordic Darts Masters with a thrilling 11-7 win over Fallon Sherrock in the final.
Van Gerwen ended a 293-day wait for televised silverware as he came from 7-5 down to deny Sherrock a famous triumph in Copenhagen.
Sherrock had pulled off a remarkable comeback win over Dimitri van den Bergh in the Semi-Finals, recovering from 8-2 and 10-6 behind to prevail 11-10 after surviving eight match darts.
The history-making 27-year-old played her part in an enthralling final, opening up a 7-5 lead, but Van Gerwen dug deep to reel off six consecutive legs and return to the winner’s enclosure.
Van Gerwen broke down in tears during his post-match interview on stage, admitting: “To win this means a lot to me and I’m very proud.
“I’ve been through a really tough period, there was so much pressure on my shoulders.
“I’ve had to wait a long time to win a trophy – for my ability and what I’m capable of, it’s been too long, but that makes it even nicer, and this tournament had everything.
“Fallon played a phenomenal tournament and I think she played one of the best games of her life in the final, and I had to find another gear.
“It’s been a phenomenal day of darts for everyone and I think I deserved it this weekend, I played really well overall.
“The fans have been absolutely incredible and I can’t thank them enough, I hope I can come back next year.”
Having defeated Denmark’s Niels Heinsøe 6-1 in Friday’s opening round, Sherrock benefited from a Quarter-Final walkover after Gerwyn Price withdrew from the tournament due to an elbow injury.
Sherrock then stunned Van den Bergh by coming from 7-1, 8-2 and 10-6 down to take out 106 and 101 as she forced a deciding leg shoot-out.
With Van den Bergh crumbling under pressure, Sherrock kept her cool by kicking off the leg with a 180 and completing the comeback with a 100 checkout.
Having been taken to a deciding by by Darius Labanauskas in Round One, Van Gerwen registered ton-plus averages in both his 10-4 Quarter-Final defeat of Madars Razma and 11-7 Semi-Final win over Jonny Clayton.
The world number three began the final strongly, opening up a 2-0 lead with a 110 checkout.
Sherrock, though, reeled off six of the next seven legs to move 6-3 ahead in a remarkable run which brought over 4,000 fans to their feet at Forum Copenhagen.
Van Gerwen finished 72 and 122 to reduce the gap to 6-5, but a miss at tops for a 154 checkout allowed Sherrock in on double nine to regain breathing space.
Legs of 13 and 14 darts saw Van Gerwen draw level, before posting double ten to regain the lead at 8-7 and a 14-darter to move two legs clear.
Double four moved Van Gerwen to the brink of victory at 10-7, and he finished 80 in two darts to seal glory and end his title drought.
Sherrock’s run to the final sees her return to the spotlight ahead of the forthcoming PDC Women’s Series, where she will attempt to qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts and William Hill World Darts Championship.
“I was so proud of myself, especially to push Michael as much as I did,” admitted Sherrock. “It’s Michael van Gerwen, and I was so close to him!
“I cannot put into words how I was feeling [at 6-3 up] – I was shaking but I had to stay calm.
“I’ve taken every opportunity that I can get – showing everyone how I can play and pushing one of the best in the world, I’m so happy.”
Clayton had averaged almost 104 in a ruthless 10-3 Quarter-Final win over Peter Wright, while Van den Bergh defeated Gary Anderson 10-8 in their Last Eight tie to kick off Saturday’s proceedings.
Nordic Darts Masters 2021 Results
Saturday September 18
Gerwyn Price w/d Fallon Sherrock (bye)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 3-10 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Madars Razma
Fallon Sherrock 11-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 7-11 Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Fallon Sherrock