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Michael van Gerwen is hoping to continue his good form when he competes in the German Darts Championship European Tour event this weekend.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

‘Mighty Mike’ stormed to victory in Birmingham on Sunday, claiming his second Pro-Tour victory of 2012 with a string of impressive performances.

One of his most notable wins en route to his Players Championship triumph was a 6-1 success over Justin Pipe, who he meets in the first round the Berlin tournament on Friday.

“I was delighted with the win at the weekend after playing excellent darts,” said van Gerwen, who averaged almost 109 in his defeat of Pipe.

“I was very pleased with the way I performed against Justin because it proved that I can play well against slower players.

“I had already beaten Dennis Priestley and Mark Walsh, which gave me confidence going into the game against Justin.

“Winning the way I did gives me confidence for playing him in Germany.”

A good run for the young Dutchman in Berlin would help speed up van Gerwen’s charge into the world’s top 32.

“I am on course to get into the top 32 this year,” said the 23-year-old, who is currently ranked at number 35.

“I am focused on that now because I am too old for the youth tour and it is time for me to become an established player.

“I know that I can beat anyone when I play well and I am playing well more regularly. I am feeling very good and looking forward to a good weekend in Germany.”

By Chris Murphy

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