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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his World Grand Prix title defence with a straight sets success over Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the quarter-finals in Dublin. 

The world number one posted the highest average of the tournament so far (94.79) in a comfortable victory over his Dutch compatriot.

“I know what I’m capable of and I think played really well,” said Van Gerwen. “I had to because Jeffrey is a good guy and a phenomenally talented player, so you have to put him under pressure to make sure you keep on top of him.

“I’m very confident and I feel really good. With my scoring power and my finishing, I can’t really complain.”

Van Gerwen will now meet Mervyn King in Thursday’s quarter-finals in a repeat of the 2012 World Grand Prix final, which the Dutchman had won to claim his maiden PDC televised title.

“I’ve got Mervyn next and I want to play exactly the same against him,” said the World Champion.

“Of course I fancy my chances but Mervyn is playing really well again and I need to make sure I’m sharp.