MICHAEL VAN GERWEN moved into the last eight of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts after winning a classic clash against Michael Smith in Wolverhampton on Thursday.
The defending champion averaged over 108 and landed 11 180s in a stunning 10-8 victory over Smith to set up a quarter-final rematch with Jonny Clayton.
“It was an incredible game against an incredible player who produced some great darts but I did the right things at the right moments,” said Van Gerwen.
“I played so well but at times I thought I wasn’t going to be able to break his throw but I love playing games like this for the crowd, this is why we play darts.
“I want to keep playing to this standard for the rest of the tournament and I want to win.”