Michael van Gerwen produces stunning comeback to beat Fallon Sherrock to claim the Nordic Masters… after English opponent made history by becoming first female to reach a televised PDC final
- Michael van Gerwen was given a scare by Fallon Sherrock at the Nordic Masters
- Sherrock led the final 6-3 but Van Gerwen recovered to win the PDC title
- The three-time world champion won six straight legs to break Sherrock’s hopes
- The Englishwoman became the first female to play in a televised PDC final
- Van Gerwen felt he deserved the victory despite the almighty Sherrock scare
Michael van Gerwen ended his long wait for a first PDC title of 2021 as he survived a major scare from Fallon Sherrock to win 11-7 in the final of the Nordic Masters in Copenhagen.
The three-time world champion overcame Madars Razma 10-4 in his quarter-final earlier in the day before seeing off Premier League winner Jonny Clayton 11-7 in the semi-finals.
Sherrock had reached her first PDC final by producing a thrilling comeback to beat former World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-10 in the last four, having faced deficits of 8-2 and 10-6.
Michael Van Gerwen (above) had to work hard to see off Fallon Sherrock at the Nordic Masters
Sherrock (above) became the first woman to reach a PDC final but lost 11-7 to Van Gerwen
Having produced finishes of 101 and 100 in the last two legs of that match, she looked capable of causing another stunning upset as she led 6-3 during the early stages of the final but Van Gerwen reeled off six straight legs to clinch the crown.
‘I had to wait a long time to win a trophy,’ said Van Gerwen in an emotional on-stage interview.
‘Fallon played a phenomenal tournament and I think she played one of her best games in her life in the final and I want to give her all the credit because she made it really difficult.
‘I think I deserved it this weekend. I played really well overall but also the crowd has been absolutely phenomenal. It’s been too long since we had crowds like this, especially on a televised tournament, all I can say is thank you very much.
Van Gerwen felt that he deserved the victory despite being given a scare by Sherrock
Sherrock led 6-3 during the early stages of the final but Van Gerwen managed to recover
‘I’ve been through a really tough period, this means so much to me. I’ve been working really hard on my game and then it finally pays off and I think I played really well over here.’
Sherrock tweeted afterwards: ‘What a night… absolutely buzzing despite not winning – so proud of myself.
‘Congrats to @MvG180 – I can see why your the best now’