Michael van Gerwen feels that his form is growing on the way to the World Cup in December.
De Brabander was killed in the World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam on Sunday in the semifinals against tournament winner Jonny Clayton (11-6).
"It is a pity that I have not been able to show what I am worth here for my own audience. But I think I have been playing well in recent weeks," Van Gerwen told
The former number one in the world is going through a difficult year, in which he only managed to win the Nordic Darts Master.
With the World Cup coming up, 32-year-old Van Gerwen has the feeling that things are going in the right direction again.
"I think I'm on the right track. Only today it just wasn't good enough. You know with Jonny Clayton that if you give him the chance and the space, he is a very good darts player. That's my own fault ."
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Van Gerwen was unable to recover from a sloppy start
Earlier, Van Gerwen was still too strong in Amsterdam for Maik Kuivenhoven (6-4) and Mervyn King (10-5).
Clayton, who this year also won the Premier League, the World Grand Prix and The Masters, turned out to be clearly a size too big.
In the semi-finals, Van Gerwen never got the chance to throw a double in a leg that the Welshman was allowed to start.
In his own legs 'Mighty Mike' sometimes reached a high level, including a 170 finish.
"You just have to bow your head and say: he has done well. He always threw a good score and that is just bummed," said Van Gerwen.
"I started very sloppily and then I wanted to make up for it a little too much for my own audience," he looked back.