Michael van Gerwen was surprisingly beaten in the first round of the 2020 Masters by Jonny Clayton. As a result his streak of twenty unbeaten matches (and five consecutive titles) in Milton Keynes came to an end.
After the switch to a new darts manufacturer (Winmau), Van Gerwen entered the Masters with a new set of darts. However, this game showed that there is still a lot of work to be done for the Dutchman to get used to his new material.
The three-time world champion refused to use his darts switch as an excuse in conversation with Dutch website NUSport. “The self-confidence has to come back a bit. If you are not 100 percent, then you can lose. This is sour, because this defeat is not really necessary.”
“It certainly wasn’t the arrows, I always find that an easy excuse. Otherwise I can’t throw a 180-score or a 164-finish at important moments. I just have to become more consistent. When I changed darts, I told myself it needs some time. I knew that beforehand and that is the case. ”
Van Gerwen came back from a 1-4 deficit to 5-5, but in second part of the game he missed too many doubles to get within a chance to win the match. “It didn’t work from the start. I often aimed poorly with the first dart and I was so sloppy on the doubles. I just have to blame myself and nobody else. I really wanted to set up a good game, but it didn’t work.”
Tags: 2020 Masters, Michael van Gerwen
It wasn’t to be this evening. Well done @JonnyClay9 and credit for a phenomenal victory.
Thank you to all the fans 💚💚 and my amazing sponsors. I will be back, better and stronger. See you all on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/0akaQ1122z
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) January 31, 2020