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Michael van Gerwen proved his class with post-PDC final interview, he made it all about Michael Smith

Michael van Gerwen proved his class with post-PDC final interview, he made it all about Michael Smith

Michael van Gerwen lost to Michael Smith at the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night

Fans have heaped praise on Michael van Gerwen after he delivered a classy interview on the back of his World Darts Championship defeat by Michael Smith on Tuesday night.

In what was truly a battle for the ages, both players produced their best darts in the first few sets.

During the second set, both players had a chance to hit a nine-darter but Van Gerwen missed his last dart to allow Smith to hit a sensational nine-dart finish straight after the Dutchman, it was truly incredible.

From then on, Smith powered away and won four of the last five sets to win 7-4 to clinch his maiden world title.

After the breathtaking encounter, fans praised Van Gerwen for his interview despite being clearly hurt by the defeat.

The 33-year-old said on Sky Sports: “At this moment he is not giving his game any justice!

“This man played absolutely phenomenal - we all know that!

“Of course, I didn't take my chances, but he was there at the moments he had to be. He deserved it, he played well there and fair play to him.”

Van Gerwen added: “I wasn't playing to well in the last few sets, but you can only blame yourself for that. It doesn't take anything away from Michael, because I think he played brilliantly the whole game.

“I wasn't what I wanted to be but that's part of the game unfortunately and you have to take it on the chin.”

Fans reacted to Van Gerwen’s emotional interview on social media.

One said: “Classy from Michael Van Gerwen, very sporting in defeat. Huge respect for what he said there.”

Another tweeted: “Gracious and classy as always In defeat mvg.”

A third fan added: “Gracefully in defeat, that’s what champions do! What a game!”

Someone else commented: “Absolute class act. Carries himself with such class.”

Smith also paid tribute to Van Gerwen after his stunning victory, he said: “I have said it for years, he is the best player in darts and we have got to take our chances and I finally took it.”

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Darts