Dimitrij Ovtcharov claims gold medal at 2017 German Open

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Dimitrij Ovtcharov has won the Men’s Singles prize at the 2017 German Open being held in Magdeburg, following a gruelling seven games encounter with Timo Boll in an all-German final on 12th November.

Both Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll reached the title match with semi-finals victories over Asian opposition as China’s Fan Zhendong and Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu exited in the penultimate round.

The final itself produced a thrilling showdown for the top step of the podium as spectators in Magdeburg witnessed an epic duel between the third and fourth seeded players.

Leading the final by a 3-2 scoreline Ovtcharov was just one game win away from securing the title, but a change in service style from his opponent caught the 29-year-old out and instead it was Boll who prevailed in game six.

The momentum was in Boll’s favour heading into the deciding game, however, a strong outing for Ovtcharov in game seven saw the latter player go on to lift the trophy (9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6).

“I’m exhausted, really tired, two matches at that level in one day is very hard for us but I gave all I’ve got and it was a very tough final against Timo as usual and I think it’s mostly the mental part giving me confidence winning so many close matches against him, that’s maybe what made the difference in the end… I went into the rallies risking many things but I had an amazing start [in game seven] and I’m glad I could get the win in the end.” – Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

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