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After the Dutch final against Noppert, Van Gerwen wins the Austrian Darts Open for the fourth time

Michael van Gerwen won the Austrian Darts Open for the fourth time in his career. In a Dutch final, Mighty Mike was 8-5 too strong for Danny Noppert.

The 33-year-old from Vlijmen was already the best in this tournament in 2013, 2017 and 2019. After his latest victory at the German Darts Championship, it is his second PDC European Tour title this season.

Van Gerwen had reached the final after beating Cameron Menzies (6-3), James Wade (6-5), Dirk van Duijvenbode (6-1) and Stephen Bunting (7-5). Noppert beat Dimitri Van den Bergh (6-3), Jonny Clayton (6-2), Joe Cullen (6-1) and Nathan Aspinall (7-2) to reach his first final of the PDC European Tour.

In the final, van Gerwen suffered a 3-0 lead. However, Mighty Mike lost four chances to make it 4-0. With a 23 darter, Noppert scored 3-1, and then the native Frisian darter returned to 3-3.

The lead then returned to van Gerwen, who threw a 12-darter for 4-3. The next three legs were also won with darts before van Gerwen moved to 6-5 over double 11. Noppert narrowed the gap to 6-6 in the twelfth leg, but failed to score double 16. Van Gerwen he pulled 20 for a 7-5 and then won the title on his own leg with a 14-darter.

From the German-speaking area, Gabriel Clemens and Zoran Lerchbacher were the best players of this tournament. They both made it to the third round.

Lerchbacher defeated Thibault Tricole 6-5 and Ryan Searle 6-3 along the way, before losing to Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-6 in the third round.

Gabriel Clemens defeated Tony Martinez 6-1 in the first round and defeated Brendan Dolan 6-3 in the second round. In the third round, German giant Rob Cross was defeated by a narrow 5-6 margin.

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