Michael van Gerwen says he will "take it on the chin" after being trounced 7-0

Three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen hasn’t been on the end of many heavy defeats during his illustrious career.

So his 7-0 walloping at the hands of Luke Humphries in the semi-finals of the German Grand Prix in Munich will have come as a huge shock. Such was Humphries dominance, he managed to restrict the ‘ Green Machine’ to just one dart at a double in the entire match.

Humphries went on to beat Martin Lukeman in the final 8-2 to claim his first-ever European Tour title, while van Gerwen must lick his wounds ahead of the Premier League bandwagon’s trip to Aberdeen on Thursday. The 32-year-old was magnanimous following his crushing defeat by Humphries, praising a “special performance” from the Newbury thrower.

“Sometimes it takes a special performance to beat you. And that was just that, well done @lukeh180 phenomenal game,” wrote van Gerwen on Twitter. “I still don’t like losing but I’ll take that on the chin. Now to get home to see my family before Aberdeen. Thank you Munich.”

Meanwhile, Humphries, who has enjoyed a great start to the year, averaged 107 against the Dutchman and took out seven doubles from just 12 attempts.

"This means the world for me and I'm absolutely over the moon with this win," said Humphries. "This is the biggest thing I've ever done in darts.

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"I think I deserved it but you don't always get what you deserve in life. I've got a ProTour title, a Euro Tour title and the next one's a major, isn't it?!"

As for Van Gerwen, he heads to Scotland sitting at the top of the table, one point clear of Jonny Clayton, and is well-placed to clinch a play-off place. Van Gerwen is scheduled to face Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals, although the Welshman had to pull out of the German Grand Prix because of suspected tonsillitis.

Price, who has also been nursing a hand injury, is in desperate need of a good night as he sits third-bottom of the table, seven points off the top four. The other quarter-finals see Clayton face Gary Anderson, Peter Wright take on Joe Cullen and James Wade, the winner in Manchester last week, go up against Michael Smith.

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