Both gentlemen immediately set the tone by both opening with a maximum score. Van Gerwen was then the first to place a break in the third leg. After that, the Dutchman immediately cashed in on that break, but forgot to make a hole with three arrows in his hand for the double: 3-2.
After the break, Van Gerwen got off to a good start by throwing a 110 finish and then managed to break again. However, the game wasn’t great. The legs were won after 17 and 19 darts. Again the man from Vlijmen was unable to make the hole bigger and so ‘The Asp’ was able to break back and helped himself into the saddle by brushing 130 off the board through the bullseye. Unfortunately, the man from Stockport couldn’t prevent Van Gerwen from going to the second session: 6-4.
There was a small revival in leg thirteen. Van Gerwen was able to place a break with a 13-darter and so the difference was again three legs. Unfortunately, both ruffs then fell back into the sloppy game with leg number fourteen as the low point. Many doubles were missed on both sides and the decision had to be made via the double 1. That battle was won by Van Gerwen and that apparently gave some self-confidence. The two-time winner of the World Matchplay went on to take a 10-5 lead.
That wide lead was too big for the 30-year-old Aspinall to bridge. The Englishman seemed to bring some tension into the game by winning two more legs in a row, but with the finish in sight Van Gerwen shifted a little and decided the game in his favor. The Dutchman is back in the semi-finals of the World Matchplay for the first time since 2016, the year in which Van Gerwen also won the tournament. In that semi-final, Peter Wright is his opponent who won against Michael Smith earlier in the evening.