Van Gerwen hits out at Hamilton: 'Feels even better (to win) when they try every trick and it doesn't work'
The world number one saw Hamilton missing one match-dart on the bullseye to claim the victory in the leg-decider. Van Gerwen himself needed eight match-darts to book his place in the next round.
However the Dutchman was afterwards mainly critical towards his English opponent. According to the three-time world champion, Hamilton was busy with more things than just throwing darts.
"They have to do everything in the book to try and put you off but it didn't work for him. It feels even better (to win) when they try every trick and it doesn't work'', Van Gerwen said in his post-match interview. The 31-year-old didn't say what Hamilton was trying to distract him.