Ovtcharov’s victory parade
The German Open, said the director of the World-Tour Karl Jindrak, would be the flagship of the tour. The event, hold with perfect equipment supplied by the traditional brand DONIC, was also this time in Magdeburg a big success again, especially for Dimitrij Ovtcharov. The 29-year old DONIC star showed his most perfect performance ever and finished the event like he had done three weeks ago at the World Cup in the nearly sold-out GETEC arena: By winning the final over Timo Boll.
„That might have been my strongest World Tour title at all”, he explained afterwards”, with a complete full field: All Chinese players were present, except Ma Long. I’ve won against Yan An, against Wong Chun Ting, against Fan Zhendong and in the final against Timo. All of them were such difficult opponents!”
For months already DONIC star Dima has been riding on a wave of success. “I think, I’ve played about eight, nine tournaments this year – and only two of them I didn’t win: The Qatar Open and the World Championships”, he explained. And with every victory, I’ve gained new self-confidence. Meanwhile it has been that much so Ovtcharov even could withstand the strong nervous strain against Fan Zhendong, where he couldn’t take advantage of two match balls, then defended two match balls of the Chinese and finally took advantage of his own. With his special trademark, a very hard backhand, Dimitrij Ovtcharov made the point in the final set at 15:13 and made his dream come true. Never before he had won against the Chinese, the victory against Fan Zhendong had been “a great experience”, explained Ovtcharov. I’ve played my best table tennis ever. Otherwise I wouldn’t have had any chance against such a brilliant, fast player.”
Considering this all overwhelming success against number two in the world, Ovtcharov’s other winnings in Magdeburg seemed to be natural, but they hadn’t been at all natural. The 4:3 success in the final against Timo Ball was already Dima’s third one against his friend in this year – and that although Boll is in excellent shape at the moment.
The 4:2 in the quarter final against Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong), at least number 12 in the world, the fans had definitely expected in Magdeburg, as one round before Dima had presented such an impressive might demonstration so that they got the impression: Being in such a shape, almost nobody won’t be able to win against Ovtchrov.
2017 has been the best year ever in his career so far, but it hasn’t been over yet. DONIC star Dima has still a lot of plans – and his focus is on his next aim. In the middle of December, the World Tour Grand Finals are taking place in Astana (Kazakhstan). “If I reach the semi-final there, I will be able to become number one of the world ranking list in January.” That would be a very special highlight then, he said.
In the recent weeks he had already implied and in Magdeburg he finally has impressively proved it: For this Dimitrij Ovtcharov, everything is possible.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Timo Boll GER 4:3 (-9,5,9,-6,7,-7,6)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Fan Zhendong CHN 4:3 (11,7,-7,-3,9,-8,13)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Wong Chun Ting HKG 4:2 (1,-5,5,-7,4,3)
Round of the best sixteen
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Yan An CHN 4:0 (8,8,5,6)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Bence Majoros HUN 4:1 (7,-13,5,3,10)