Gerwyn Price believes he has the upper-hand in his rivalry with Michael van Gerwen after defeating the Dutchman en route to winning the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Sunday.
Price averaged 103.61 to Van Gerwen's 105.02 in their thrilling quarter-final in Gibraltar, with the Welshman winning a pulsating deciding leg against throw.
After doubling his tally of European Tour titles for the year, Price reflected on his toughest match of the weekend statistically.
"It's always nice to get one over on Michael," admitted Price, who went on to defeat Nathan Aspinall and Mensur Suljovic.
"Over the past couple of years he's been the player I've struggled to beat, but nowadays I think the tide is turning a little bit.
"Michael's not as confident as he was a couple of years ago. He's still a fantastic player, one of the best in the world but I think I'm getting on top a bit.
"You have to play well to beat anyone in the top eight, whether that's Michael or someone else.
"If I wasn't on my 'A-game' then he would've beaten me, but I still think I have more in the tank.
"To beat him when he's averaging 105 makes it even better."
𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗦 𝗩𝗔𝗡 𝗚𝗘𝗥𝗪𝗘𝗡!!— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) September 26, 2021
WHAT. A. MATCH. 🤯
Gerwyn Price breaks throw in the deciding leg, defying a 105 average from MvG to secure his spot in the Last 4!
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Attention now turns to the BoyleSports World Grand Prix, where Price will be looking to defend the title he won for the first time in 2020.
Price's first assignment will see him face Michael Smith in Leicester, with the world number one rated a 4/1 favourite with BoyleSports to retain the title.
"I think I'm the man to beat in every tournament now," Price continued.
"I'm not the World Champion and world number one for no reason.
"Maybe a few months ago I didn't really believe in myself, but yeah I am World Champion, I am world number one.
"I should be the bookies favourite and the one they're all chasing."
Tickets for the 2021 BoyleSports World Grand Prix are available now, although some sessions have now sold out.
The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, as well as through the PDC's international broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7, and through PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.
2021 BoyleSports World Grand Prix
(1) Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Martijn Kleermaker v Mervyn King
(8) Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen v Ross Smith
(4) James Wade v Damon Heta
Stephen Bunting v Daryl Gurney
(5) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Searle
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Humphries
(2) Peter Wright v Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant
Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
(3) Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
(6) Gary Anderson v Ian White
Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
BoyleSports First Round Match Odds
2/5 Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith 7/4
11/10 Martijn Kleermaker v Mervyn King 4/6
4/7 Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic 5/4
1/3 Joe Cullen v Ross Smith 2/1
8/13 James Wade v Damon Heta 6/5
5/4 Stephen Bunting v Daryl Gurney 4/7
1/4 Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Searle 11/4
8/11 Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Humphries Evens
1/3 Peter Wright v Rob Cross 2/1
4/6 Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski 11/10
1/5 Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant 3/1
15/8 Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton 4/11
1/6 Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert 7/2
11/8 Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens 8/15
2/5 Gary Anderson v Ian White 7/4
11/10 Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan 4/6
BoyleSports Outright Winner Odds
4/1 Gerwyn Price
5/1 Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen
10/1 Jose de Sousa
14/1 Dimitri van den Bergh
16/1 Jonny Clayton
25/1 Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson
28/1 James Wade, Dave Chisnall
33/1 Michael Smith, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Joe Cullen
40/1 Krzysztof Ratajski, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney
50/1 Damon Heta, Brendan Dolan
66/1 Mensur Suljovic, Luke Humphries
80/1 Ryan Searle, Danny Noppert, Ian White, Gabriel Clemens
100/1 Stephen Bunting, Ross Smith, Mervyn King
150/1 Vincent van der Voort, Callan Rydz
200/1 Martijn Kleermaker, Darius Labanauskas
300/1 Glen Durrant
Odds courtesy BoyleSports Betting. Correct at time of writing. Subject to fluctuation.