Gerwen vs Zwaan

The reigning champion in the double-start event had endured some nervous moments during Sunday’s first round win over Jamie Hughes, but produced the highest average of the tournament so far at 94.79 as he powered past De Zwaan.

The youngster had defeated Van Gerwen in both the UK Open and World Matchplay in 2018, but was restricted to just three darts at a finishing double during a one-sided contest.

Four-time champion Van Gerwen raced through the first set in little over four minutes, landing two 12-darters and finishing 134 as he asserted his dominance.

De Zwaan took out a 120 finish in the second, only for Van Gerwen to double his advantage with a 3-1 scoreline before repeating that in the third to complete the win.

“I know what I’m capable of and I think played really well,” said Van Gerwen. “I had to because Jeffrey is a good guy and a phenomenally talented player, so you have to put him under pressure to make sure you keep on top of him.

“I’m very confident and I feel really good. With my scoring power and my finishing, I can’t really complain.”

Van Gerwen will now meet Mervyn King in Thursday’s quarter-finals in a repeat of the 2012 World Grand Prix final, which the Dutchman had won to claim his maiden PDC televised title.

“I’ve got Mervyn next and I want to play exactly the same against him,” said the World Champion.

“Of course I fancy my chances but Mervyn is playing really well again and I need to make sure I’m sharp.