Van Gerwen blows Anderson away to set up Smith decider
Michael van Gerwen will face Michael Smith in the PDC World Darts Championship final after a 6-1 demolition of Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace.
World number one Van Gerwen produced a masterclass to stand on the brink of a third world title, blowing Anderson away on Sunday.
Van Gerwen breezed into a 5-0 lead and although the out-of-sorts Scotsman avoided a humiliating whitewash, he bowed out with a whimper in a semi-final which failed to live up to the hype.
The Dutchman averaged 104.76 as he stayed on course to land the Sid Waddell Trophy for a third time and land the £500,000 payday which the winner will pick up on New Year's Day.
Anderson was no match for Van Gerwen in a replay of the 2016-17 final, the favourite finishing with ruthless precision after his opponent started with a 180 before taking out 127 for the opening leg.
Van Gerwen soon took control, hitting double top with a dart to spare to take the first set 3-2 and taking complete control in a flash.
"I didn't give him any time to breathe," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: "It means the world to me. The work is not done yet, I have to do more."
Smith reached his maiden World Championship final with a 6-3 victory over surprise package Nathan Aspinall.
Tournament debutant Aspinall's incredible run was halted by his fellow Englishman, who averaged 105.12 and landed 17 maximums.
Smith said: "I've never felt like that ever. I'm so happy I'm in the final, I really don't know what to say. I'm one step away from living my dream."