In the fourth of our series, Michael van Gerwen picks his 2017 World Championship semi-final clash against Raymond van Barneveld as his greatest game.

Van Gerwen went into the tournament ranked as the No 1 in the world having already claimed the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam and Premier League titles that year.

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He had beaten Kim Viljanen, Cristo Reyes, Darren Webster and Daryl Gurney to set up a mouth-watering clash with his fellow countryman in the last four.

The pair traded blows in a stunning opening five sets before Van Gerwen opened up a two-set lead to make it 4-2.

“I felt really good as it was probably the best tournament I have played in my life,” said Van Gerwen. “It was really important for me to play well against Raymond and I had to otherwise I would have lost that game.”

After going 4-2 up MVG did not look back, producing one of the best performances the Ally Pally has ever witnessed, averaging a tournament record 114.05 and narrowly missing double 12, en route to a comprehensive 6-2 victory.

“It was nice to beat Raymond, I still hadn’t won anything after that, but it gave me confidence for the tournament, and I played well afterwards too.”