Michael van Gerwen: 'No-one will ever match Phil Taylor's achievements'

Michael van Gerwen says that no player will ever match the achievements of Phil Taylor, after whitewashing 'The Power' 7-0 on the opening night of the Betway Premier League.

Michael van Gerwen has reflected on his whitewash of Phil Taylor by saying that no player will ever match the 16-time world champion's achievements.

The current world number one defeated 'The Power' 7-0 at Liverpool's Echo Arena on the opening night of the Betway Premier League, averaging a throw of over 109.

"All the pressure was on my shoulders," the 24-year-old told Sky Sports News following the victory. "I was favourite in this game and that made it more difficult for me. I played so well and he didn't even bother me.

"I can't remember anyone ever beating Phil 7-0. He didn't play his top game, I understand that, but I played really well. I know Phil is number two in the world at the moment and I'm number one, but he's won 16 World Championships.

"I can play very well, but I don't think anyone will ever win as many tournaments as he has. It's very special and he's a great person who will be right back next week."

Van Gerwen's victory sends him to the top of the league table.

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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