Michael Van Gerwen was dumped out of the World Matchplay in the first round last night by the same player who beat him in the UK Open, Jeffrey de Zwaan.

It is the first time since 2009 that Van Gerwen has bowed out at this stage of the PDC World Matchplay and afterwards he underlined his frustration that he couldn’t come through the game.

“I did not have to lose this game”, ‘Mighty Mike’ said to RTL7 after losing 10-6. “I should have been 4-0 or even 5-1 up, but I didn’t do that so I made it unnecessarily difficult for myself.”

Van Gerwen went into the second break with a 5-5 tie, then came 6-5 ahead. The world number one then lost five legs in a row against De Zwaan. “He started to play better and better because I did not lose him. And thus it became increasingly difficult to hurt him. I did not have it in me today said the two time world champion disappointed.

“I have performed like a mop today. Very bad, blegh”.

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Author: Samuel Gill