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Van Gerwen keeps his focus

Michael van Gerwen rates the Winter Gardens in Blackpool as one of England's best venues and wants to claim victory there before he gets married.

The World Matchplay Darts tournament gets underway on Saturday with the man to beat being 14-times champion Phil Taylor, who has won the last six stagings of the event.

World No 1 van Gerwen reached the semi-finals last year and would love to win the tournament for the first time before he gets married to fiancee Daphne Govers in August.

He told Sky Sports: \"The Winter Gardens in Blackpool is one of the best venues in England - the atmosphere in there is fantastic.

"It only holds about 2,500 people but it feels like 10,000! I want to win the tournament and I've got only one target.\"

The Dutchman added: \"I just need to concentrate myself first for this tournament and then afterwards it's the wedding. Getting quite nervous, it's good!\"