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Sixth Europe Top 16 Success For Timo Boll

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Timo Boll has won his sixth Men’s Singles gold medal at the Europe Top 16 Cup after the German legend came out on top against fellow countryman and World No.1 Dimitrij Ovtcharov on 4th February.

Both players deservedly booked their places in the final following promising displays leading up to the gold medal contest in Montreux,Switzerland.

In the last four Boll accounted for another table tennis legend Vladimir Samsonov (10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5, 12-10) while Ovtcharov proved too strong for the surprise package of the tournament Jonathan Groth (12-10, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10) to force an all-German final for the first time in the history of the competition.

Following victories over Boll at the 2017 Men’s World Cup and the 2017 German Open, Ovtcharov surely entered the final as the favourite to lift the trophy for what would have been a fourth consecutive year.

However, it was the opposite outcome as a dominant performance from Boll saw the 36-year-old defeat top seed Ovtcharov in straight games (13-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6).

“… Ovtcharov has ruled the world in the past few months, but a few things today came together. I won the opening game, which was very important and other key thing is that Dimitrij was not in the best shape… Last year we played very often against each other and worked on some new tactics and services. It worked quite well. I think I found the solution to his game.” – Timo Boll

Finishing in third position was Denmark’s Jonathan Groth, who edged to a deciding game win against Vladimir Samsonov (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 9-11, 11-6) and will subsequently join Boll and Ovtcharov at the 2018 Men’s World Cup.

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