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Article: De Zwaan Dream After Double Dumping of MVG

De Zwaan Dream After Double Dumping of MVG

Jeffrey de Zwaan admitted it’s an “absolute dream” after his double dumping of World No.1 Michael van Gerwen. The young Dutchman KO’d his fellow countryman for the second time this year with a 10-6 win in the first round of the BetVictor World Matchplay. De Zwaan had already produced a major shock by beating MVG in the UK Open and produced deja vu against a below par Van Gerwen - reeling off four successive legs to wrap it up. He said: “I am absolutely over the moon with this win. I always believe in myself, I said to myself 'why can't I beat Michael?' I know I am good enough to do it. “To win this game on this stage is an absolute dream for me, I have to keep pinching myself! “Everything has come together for me recently, I'm practicing hard every day and now it is paying off. “I'm looking forward to playing Adrian Lewis on Tuesday and I want to cause another upset.” Lewis had to fight back from 7-3 down to overcome James Wilson in a cracking opening match of the Matchplay. Jackpot admitted: “I felt a bit nervous tonight because I've not played on TV for seven months. “When I was 7-3 down I knew I had to find something and I did that. James was fantastic in the first ten legs, I didn't quite have my rhythm at times but I sped up towards the end and got the job done. “I've been feeling the pressure in first round games all year so it's a relief to get through and hopefully I can push on now." Four-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall ran out a comfortable 10-4 winner against Keegan Brown, growing in confidence as the tie went on after a tricky start. Chizzy said: “It was tricky and it's never easy to play Keegan. The 148 was a big turning point because he was on a double, and I think from then his head went down. “I've got to play a lot better but I've done a lot of practise in the last couple of weeks and it's worked.” The final game of the evening saw Michael Smith see off World Matchplay debutant Jonny Clayton with a commanding 10-6 win. Smith said: “I kept letting Jonny back in and it was a bit of a struggle, but I'm still in. I didn't play my best but I ground out the victory. “I felt like I was a bit dodgy but I'm glad to get over the line and get the win, and I'm looking forward to Tuesday. “After Michael van Gerwen lost, I went to give myself a little talking to. It's not opened up because I still had a game to play tonight and another game before I played Michael. I could only worry about Michael van Gerwen in the quarter-finals so I had to stay focused.” By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)

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