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World Darts Championship: van Gerwen Survives Early Scare

Michael van Gerwen avoided being the victim of a major upset in round one of the World Darts Championship when German qualifier Rene Eidams forced a tie-break against the world number one.

Michael van Gerwen World Darts Championship Round One (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

van Gerwen, the hot favourite to take the title, won the first six legs but surrendered his two set-lead when Eidams launched an unlikely fightback.

van Gerwen, the hot favourite to take the title, won the first six legs but surrendered his two set-lead when Eidams launched an unlikely fightback.

The tenacious World Championship debutant won six out of seven legs to force a deciding set, in which four legs were shared, taking the match to a tie-break.

But the Dutch ace produced two solid legs to avoid the prospect of an early exit.

“He played well but I should never have put myself in that position,” said van Gerwen, the 2014 World Champion

“It seemed like after his first game the nerves were gone, but after the first two sets I shouldn’t have let him come back.

“I was always confident that I would win that match and I put in two good legs in the tie-break. It was a good lesson for me and I think it will do me good for the rest of the tournament to have been put under pressure.

“I’ll be ready after Christmas. Don’t worry about that.”

van Gerwen will return to action on December 27 when he faces Darren Webster in round two.

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