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Gerwyn Price has realised his dream of winning a world championship, beating Gary Anderson at the Alexandra Palace this evening.
The Welshman becomes the 10th man to win the PDC competition and has scooped the £500,000 top prize in the process.
Price ran out a 7-3 winner with sublime finishing at the doubles throughout the tie, although he did suffer an almighty wobble as soon as he was within touching distance.
The 35-year-old has been the most successful player on the PDC circuit this season, and has now taken the world No.1 spot for the first time, dethroning Michael van Gerwen.
The last time Price and Anderson met in a world final, there was fireworks between them – but the two showed respect at the oche this evening.
Anderson burst out of the gates, winning the first two legs of the final in quick fashion.
However, despite a handful of darts to take the opening set, Price stormed back to win the next three games.
It looked as Price had already found his rhythm early on and was on course to take the second set.
But Anderson this time hit back to level proceedings early on.
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Price's finishing was soon seeing him through, as he took a 3-1 lead with eight out of eight attempts at double top and 77 per cent at the doubles in total.
Anderson, on the other hand, was struggling to finish – and was punished almost every single time from his opponent.
The fifth set came and went, with Price storming into a 4-1 lead while Anderson wondered how to improve on his 36 per cent finishing average.
Despite missing double 12 for a nine-darter, a 3-0 clean sweep saw Price take the sixth too. 5-1 was the score.
Was the pressure starting to build slightly? Maybe – as two-time world champion Anderson made it 5-2 to offer a glimmer of hope.
The 'iceman' was beginning to look slightly rattled but still managed to secure a 6-2 lead, leaving him one set away from putting his name in the history books.
But he wasn't so cool in the ninth set, missing a number of match darts at the doubles – leaving Anderson to somehow make it 6-3.
Despite going two legs down in the 10th set, Price regained his composure, steadied himself and won three legs on the trot to finally secure his first world title.
- Gerwyn Price
- Michael van Gerwen
- Peter Wright
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