Dave Chisnall continued his fine form with a run to the semi-finals of the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Germany at the weekend.
The Morecambe ace lost out 6-5 to Van Gerwen in the last four in a breathtaking contest.
The Dutchman led 4-2 lead but Chisnall found his groove and clinched three legs in a row to turn the tie in his favour at 5-4.
But the world number one dug deep in the deciding leg to capitalise on some slack darts from Chisnall - who hit a single one with his first dart when needing 100 for the match - to break and reach a 20th European Tour final.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Chisnall, who had seen off Adrian Lewis 6-3 in the third round before blowing away Rob Cross by the same scoreline in the quarter-finals, a game where he missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish.
Chizzy had earlier averaged 112 in a 6-3 win over Matt Clark in round two.
Peter Wright then whitewashed Van Gerwen in the final with a stunning display to complete a European Tour treble.