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Published: 10:54 | 4/2/19

Van Gerwen clinches fifth Masters crown

Michael Van Gerwen made it five successive BetVictor Masters titles as he defeated James Wade 11-5 in Sunday's final in Milton Keynes.

Playing in his first event since reclaiming the World Championship, Van Gerwen extended his impressive record at the Marshall Arena by claiming the top prize.

Having seen off Jonny Clayton on Friday, the world number one defeated Mensur Suljovic 10-5 in Sunday afternoon's quarter-finals before booking his place in the final with an 11-7 defeat of Dave Chisnall and his a maximum 170 checkout during the final to claim a fifth Masters crown.

The pair shared the opening six legs but soon Van Gerwen took control, winning four legs on the bounce to move 7-3 ahead.

Wade managed to win two of the next three to reduce the deficit, but Van Gerwen was too strong and he moved clear before wrapping it up in the 16th leg.

It means Van Gerwen is unbeaten in 20 matches since the event moved to the Marshall Arena in 2015.

"I'm really pleased. It's a great venue for me and this is a tournament I love, so I'm delighted," Van Gerwen said.

"I didn't play phenomenally in this tournament and there's more in the tank, but I'm hoping this is going to be the start of another good year.

"The tour gets more difficult every year and I'm trying to get better all the time. You want to be strong here to start the year well and give yourself confidence, and I've done that."

He added: "James did well to reach the final. He deserves a lot of credit because I think a lot of people underestimate him."

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