MVG left looking to the future
Michael van Gerwen's quest for a fourth PDC World Championship title was destroyed by an inspired Dave Chisnall and the defeated Dutchman was downbeat in the aftermath.
Van Gerwen was the favourite for outright glory going into his quarter-final against Chisnall, having performed superbly up to that stage, averaging 108.98, 106.85 and 100.43 in his opening three matches of the tournament.
However, Mighty Mike had no answer to Chisnall's barrage of 180s and the relentless maximum-hitting helped the Englishman to an average of 107.34 and a 5-0 victory.
Van Gerwen won only two major titles in 2020 - the UK Open and the Players Championship Finals - and his latest World Championship failure means Gerwyn Price has a chance of going top of the world rankings come Sunday night.
MVG, world champion in 2014, 2017 and 2019, lost in the final to Peter Wright last year and his stranglehold of darting dominance in the wake of Phil Taylor's retirement may be coming to an end.
"It was a difficult match," said Van Gerwen. "When Dave is in form you have to work hard to beat him, but I didn't show up. I let myself down and I'm gutted. It's the best Dave's ever played, so fair play to him.
"Every opportunity he had, he took. I didn't turn up, my scoring power wasn't there, and that's nothing like my game. Well done Dave."
Chisnall became 1212/1 for the title after his Van Gerwen-slaying heroics and he is 10/11 to beat Gary Anderson in their semi-final.
Van Gerwen must wait until the first week of the Premier League on February 4th for his next chance to impress.
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