Dimitrij Ovtcharov became European Champion!
He played topspins from all positions, he run and smashed, he seemed to be everywhere. DONIC star Dima Ovtacharov run through the box in the final of the European Championships in Schwechat like it was for his live.
His opponent on the other side of the table: Vladimir Samsonov, one of the most experienced players in Europe and not for nothing number two of the seeding list at this tournament. But against the power of Ovtcharov's shots the player from Belarus had nothing to counter. With a 4:0 (4,7,10,8) Dima became European Champion in the men's singles for the first time in his career and thus the successor of Timo Boll.
I still cannot believe it, commented the over happy winner. 4:0 against Vladi, who knows me that well and who has got such a good tactic against me and has won most of our matches. Today it was really running very well for me.
In fact: From the beginning Dima was the dominant figure, controlled the game all the time and furthermore he was wide awake.
A very meticulous worker, took his time out at that time of the match when Samsonov seemed to find his rhythm for the first time: in the third set, where Ovtcharov was already leading 7:1 and his opponent had shortened to 7:4. Nevertheless afterwards was the only dangerous situation during the whole match. Vladimir Samsonov now played more and more powerful, hit the ball like in trance and was 10:8 ahead.
Table tennis matches can turn very fast, said Dima later on and the time outs are not that easy: On one hand you want to break your opponent's flow of the game, on the other hand you also show weakness.
But then: A good forehand serve of Dima and a powerful forehand topspin into Samsonov's backhand brought the 9:10. Again this forehand serve and this time Dima's topspin hits Samsonov's forehand: 10:10
Ovtcharov is back and took over control again and from then on he didn't give it up again. How to turn around his set ball to the 12:10 with a parallel forehand topspin from his backhand side: That's just world class.
And the last two points in the fourth set, an irresistible backhand topspin and a hard backhand topspin over the table, this was just Ovtcharov's playing style.
National coach Joerg Rosskopf confirmed: Dima has played in another league here. This was really superior.
And afterwards Dima presented himself in party atmosphere. Today I'll pay all the drinks, he announced.
Germany can be proud on this athlete and DONIC is proud having been his equipment supplier for many years already. Congratulations, Dima!
Can you imagine: Table tennis tables as far as the eye can see 52 tables. We are in the capital of Germany, Berlin, in the Max Schmeling hall. It' there where the best table tennis players in the world do their serve.
This scenario will become reality from 13 to 17 November when the German Open take place and all 52 tables for this event will be supplied by the German traditional company DONIC. The basis will be the model Delhi 25 which has been approved since 25 years. However, the DONIC experts will also design their own show-court tables.
It's a tradition: Since 2001 these are the seventh German Open where DONIC is the table supplier and thus guarantees perfect playing conditions. 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013 again and again the large associations in the world, from the German table tennis association to the European table tennis union to the world table tennis association ITTF, prefer highest quality for top events.
For the DONIC stars Patrick Baum and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, meanwhile number six in the world ranking, the German Open will be a home match. They cannot only rely on the support of the German fans, but also on a perfectly constant bounce of the ball like highly sensitive athletes need it. And in the city of Berlin they offer the best from the best for the fans and the players.