MICHAEL VAN GERWEN set up a semi-final showdown with Gary Anderson after seeing off Jonny Clayton in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday.
Van Gerwen avenged his group stage defeat by the tenacious Welshman to move into the last four, winning 16-12 with an average of over 101.
“I think I did the right things at the right moments,” said Van Gerwen. “The beginning was phenomenal for both of us, we kept each other under pressure.
“I’m really glad I did it at the end, I had a couple of good legs to take the lead and give myself that confidence.
“My scoring power and doubles weren’t as good as the last games so they have to be better in the next one. I didn’t play my best game but I still averaged 101 and I’m glad that I won.
“Jonny has made some huge steps in this tournament. He beat me in the group and gave me a really good game here as well.”