MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Adrian Lewis 4-1 in the battle of the two-time world champions to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.
World number one Van Gerwen stormed into a 2-0 set lead, and looked to be coasting as he went 2-0 up in the third set before five missed doubles looked to have handed Lewis the advantage as he halved the deficit to trail 2-1 in sets.
With the match in the balance at 2-2 in set four, Van Gerwen fired in a timely 11-dart leg to regain his two-set cushion before edging the fifth set 3-2 to seal a 4-1 victory and his passage into the last eight.
“I made myself work harder than I needed to,” Van Gerwen admitted.
“I missed darts to go 3-0 up and I gave him too much confidence, I should never have put myself in that situation because Adrian puts the pressure on you.
“I had to be at my best and I’m feeling good and confident in myself, so from here I hope to build on this into the rest of the tournament.”