Top spot loss motivates MVG

22 January 2021 20:50:57 GMTPlus10

Michael van Gerwen is certain that he will return to the top of the world rankings, having been usurped at present by PDC world champion Gerwyn Price.

Mighty Mike was not at his best for large parts of 2020, claiming just two major titles at the UK Open and the Players Championship Finals, with his year ending on a disappointing note as he was beaten in the quarter-finals of the World Championship.

I've been on top for seven years, so maybe this is going to help me to get the hunger again.

Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen was whitewashed 5-0 by Dave Chisnall at the Ally Pally, while Welshman Price went all the way to claim his first world title and in doing so, took over as the official world number one.

However, MVG is confident that has what it takes to return to the summit, telling the official PDC website: "Of course, it's not nice to not be world number one anymore.

"But if I had to pick anyone else who deserves it, it's Gerwyn Price. Fair play to him for what he has achieved.

"I've been on top for seven years, so maybe this is going to help me to get the hunger again. I need to make sure I get that number one spot back. I will do, I know that for sure.

"You always need to have challenges. You need to make sure you have the right focus and the right mindset."

Van Gerwen and the rest of the PDC circuit return to action in a week's time when the Masters gets under way in Milton Keynes, with the Dutchman having won the tournament five years in a row before a shock first-round exit to Jonny Clayton last year.

MVG is 1212/1 to win the Masters for a sixth time, with Price available at 1212/1 and Gary Anderson 1212/1.

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