MICHAEL VAN GERWEN stormed to a straight sets victory against Ricky Evans on Sunday evening at London’s Alexandra Palace.
World number one van Gerwen hit more 180s than he did 140 in a dominant display, which included ten maximums as he progressed to the last 16.
“I wasn’t really in my comfort zone tonight but I’m happy to get such a big win,” said van Gerwen, who will take on Stephen Bunting after the Christmas break.
“I had to work hard to keep myself concentrated so I am pleased that I did that. I think Ricky’s fast pace helped me and I enjoy playing matches like this.
“Stephen is playing quite well but he is going to have to play the darts of his life to beat me.”
van Gerwen returns after Christmas to take on Stephen Bunting in round four.