GARY ANDERSON admitted he needed the After Sun after roasting Michael van Gerwen in the Dubai Masters final tonight.
The World Champion was struggling at 8-4 down but stormed back with four consecutive leg wins to to leave MVG toiling in the heat.
The Dutchman went back in front but Anderson, who beat Phil Taylor 11-7 in their semi, produced another red-hot legs to take the title 11-9 and end MVG’s three-year reign in Dubai.
Anderson said: “I’ve burnt my nose so I need some After Sun. I came to Dubai earlier to get acclimatised better and I worked too hard on that by the pool!
“But it actually worked. I learnt a lot from last year here. I spent a few days earlier here this time to get acclimatised, got burnt in the process. But seriously I used heavier darts, got used to the heat, and it paid off.
“I love playing Michael. I wanted to play him in the Premier League final but Phil did a job on me. I’ve been struggling for the past six weeks, just on the road too much and not enough practice.
“It was a struggle to be honest. I was roasting after playing Phil in the semis, then it was straight back out after a 20-minute break to play Michael who had the luxury of an hour to recover.
“It was hard. I could actually start to see Michael tiring towards the end, so was I. But I thought I’ve just got to keep plugging away. In the last leg we both must have missed a hatful of doubles, however I just did enough.
“But it’s always good to win and especially to beat Michael!”
It looked like MVG was on course for his 11th title of the year when he took the opening two legs with ease and was soon 4-2 up and seemingly in control.
Anderson then missed eight darts at doubles, with van Gerwen returning to land double 10 and break throw yet again to move three legs away from claiming the title.
But somehow the Musselburgh marksman managed to turn up the heat in very humid conditions. A cracking 130 with bull kill kicked off a fine fightback and stunned the Dutchman with a 76 and double eight finish to level it up and 8-8.
Yet van Gerwen then stormed back in front with double four before Ando hit two more leg wins to move one away from victory.
Surprisingly, MVG missed six attempts at doubles to force a decider leaving the Scot to hit doubt five to end the World No.1’s three-year domination in Dubai.
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