Michael van Gerwen acknowledges that he had little to say against Luke Humphries (5-11) in the semi-finals of the UK Open on Sunday evening.
De Brabander is impressed by the level that the Englishman showed in Milton Keynes.
"I think I faced someone who played perhaps one of the best matches of his career", 31-year-old Van Gerwen told
"He was also fantastically effective. Normally you don't get that kind of finish for you. ears, so hats off to Humphries. "
With an average of 106 per three arrows, Van Gerwen did fine himself, but the number two in the world was a lot less effective on the doubles.
The 26-year-old Humphries also placed several finishes above 100.
"If that happens, you have to keep working hard yourself, but it was not always easy. That made it a shitty competition. I demand more of myself and I try to show that, but that is not always easy", regretted Van Gerwen.
𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗣𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦Simply sensational stuff from Luke Humphries as he averages 107.4 in a scintillating 11-5 victory over Michael van Gerwen!
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'They have a subscription to throw good at me'
'Mighty Mike' hoped to reach the final of a major tournament at the UK Open.
At the World Cup he was eliminated in the quarter-finals and at The Masters the second round was the end station.
To make his loss at the UK Open even worse, Humphries lost no chance to James Wade (5-11) in the final.
"They have a subscription to throw me well and let me know in the final," emphasized Van Gerwen, who reacted sarcastically when asked if he is satisfied with his semi-final spot in Milton Keynes because of his poor form.
"Of course, fantastic. A semi-final is really great," said the Dutchman, before giving a serious answer.
"I just want to win and nothing else. I showed nice things this tournament, but that doesn't count. I have to train even harder and become more dominant. There is an upward trend, but I am far from finished."