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'After 4-0 I was never in doubt': Michael van Gerwen knew he was going to win the PDC World Darts Championship after fast start The world number one took advantage of a wasteful start by Michael Smith Michael van Gerwen eased into a commanding lead on his way to a 7-3 win  The title consolidates Van Gerwen's position at the top of the men's game  Smith missed a host of doubles to make the match closer at Alexandra Palace

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 11:13 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 11:13 GMT, 2 January 2019

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Michael van Gerwen knew he had his hands on the PDC World Darts Championship title for a third time as soon as he took a 4-0 lead in the final against Michael Smith.

The world number one took advantage of a nervy and wasteful start by first-time finalist Smith to ease into a commanding lead on his way to a 7-3 win at Alexandra Palace.

But there was a moment in the match where a comeback looked possible as Smith fired a 124 checkout to finally get on the board and then posted back-to-back bullesye finishes to make it 4-2.

Michael van Gerwen knew he had his hands on the PDC World Darts Championship title

Michael van Gerwen knew he had his hands on the PDC World Darts Championship title

Van Gerwen eased into a commanding lead on his way to a 7-3 win at Alexandra Palace

Van Gerwen eased into a commanding lead on his way to a 7-3 win at Alexandra Palace

At that point there was a real momentum change and Smith sniffed a chance, but Van Gerwen

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