After beating 1. FC Saarbrücken TT in the quarter-final of the Champions League, TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen also prevail in the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) and make a big step towards the play-offs. Other than in Ochsenhausen, all other encounters of matchday 14 end with a clear winner.

Hugo Calderano

One point for the team: Hugo Calderano (Photo: Schaal)

What a weekend for TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen, who beat 1. FC Saarbrücken TT twice within only a few days. After moving to the semi-final of the Champions League with a 3-1 win on Friday, the team won 3-2 on matchday 14 of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) on Sunday. But first, Ochsenhausen was down 0-1 as Hugo Calderano lost to Bojan Tokic after leading 7:2 in the fith game. Ironically it was almost the same for Calderano's teammate Yuto Muramatsu, after Jakub Dyjas had scored the equalizer. Against Patrick Baum, Muramatsu was leading 2-0, but eventually lost the match after five games. In the fifth and deciding match it was Dyjas who showed his teammates how it is done. After being forced to play a fith game against Tokic, the young Pole worked himself up into a frenzy beating his opponent 11-1 in the decider. "Jakub showed mental power today and won two points for team," said TTF coach Dubravko Skoric. "I am very proud of the team." After the success Ochsenhausen closes the gap to Saarbrücken in the table and is now ranked third.

The match between TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell and Post SV Mühlhausen was an example of how first and second leg can differ. This sunday Fulda took revenge for the 0-3 loss in Mühlhausen and prevailed 3-0, leaving only one game to the guests. Wang Xi paved the way with a clear victory over Daniel Habesohn, Jonathan Groth extended the lead to 2-0 soon after. Against the Dane, who transfers to Russia at the end of the season, Ovidiu Ionescu won the only game for Mühlhausen this evening. After a close first game of a total 36 points, Ruwen Filus sealed the deal for Fulda against Lubomir Jancrik in the third encounter. While Mühlhausen suffers another setback with the third 0-3 loss in a row, Fulda secures the second place in the table behind leader Düsseldorf.

Just as Mühlhausen, SV Werder Bremen was chanceless against Borussia Düsseldorf and won only one game. Without Omar Assar, who joins Düsseldorf next season, Bremen's coach Cristian Tamas had chosen a risky line-up, setting his best player Bastian Steger against Timo Boll. "We knew that this would be a tough match without Omar," said Steger afterwards. "We gave it our all nonetheless." Against Boll and Co. this wasn't enough, as Kristian Karlsson and Anton Källberg won their matches against Hunor Szöcs and Florent Lambiet just as confident as Boll.

Steffen Mengel

Successful comeback: Steffen Mengel (Photo: Braun)

Against bottom-placed TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau, TSV Bad Königshofen celebrated their fifth win of the season. "This was the first time we won 3-0," cheered guest coach Koji Itagaki. "But the matches were very close." Therefore it was crucial that Darko Jorgic beat Kirill Gerassimenko in the first encounter of the afternoon, scoring the lead for the TTBL newcomer. After Mizuki Oikawa extended to 2-0, it was Grenzau's Jörg Schlichter, who didn't want to accept the easy defeat of his club. He almost forced Kilian Ort into the decider, but had to give in in the extension of game number four.

The fourth 3-0 win of matchday 14 happened in the Schwalbe Arena, where TTC Schwalbe Bergneudtadt showed their best perfomance of the season against ASV Grünwettersbach. "Alvaro Robles's game was of course crucial. It was a bit easier to play with a 2-0 in the back," said Steffen Mengel, who made a successful comeback after being sidelined for month and beat Samuel Walker 3-1. What Mengel meant was the narrow 3-2 win of his Spanish teammate against Masataka Morizono after Benedikt Duda had scored the opener against Ricardo Walther. "After Alvaro saved the match against Morizono, it all went downhill for us. In my opinion this was our worst performance of the season," said guest coach Rade Markovic.

Overview of matchday 14 

TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – 1. FC Saarbrücken TT 3-2
Hugo Calderano – Bojan Tokic 2-3 (7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 13-15)
Jakub Dyjas – Patrick Franziska 3-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-9)
Yuto Muramatsu – Patrick Baum 2-3 (11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 9-11)
Hugo Calderano – Patrick Franziska 3-0 (11-1, 12-10, 12-10)
Jakub Dyjas – Bojan Tokic 3-2 (6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-1)

TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell – Post SV Mühlhausen 3-0
Wang Xi – Daniel Habesohn 3-0 (11-8, 13-11, 11-9)
Jonathan Groth – Ovidiu Ionescu 3-1 (11-7, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9)
Ruwen Filus – Lubomir Jancarik 3-0 (19-17, 11-6, 11-7)

Borussia Düsseldorf – SV Werder Bremen 3-0
Timo Boll – Bastian Steger 3-1 (11-1, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7)
Kristian Karlsson – Hunor Szöcs 3-0 (11-7, 11-5, 14-12)
Anton Källberg – Florent Lambiet 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-6)

TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau – TSV Bad Königshofen 0-3
Kirill Gerassimenko – Darko Jorgic 1-3 (9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 5-11) 
Constantin Cioti – Mizuki Oikawa 0-3 (10-12, 4-11, 7-11)
Jörg Schlichter – Kilian Ort 1-3 (6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12)

TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt – ASV Grünwettersbach 3-0
Benedikt Duda – Ricardo Walther 3-1 (11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7)
Alvaro Robles – Masataka Morizono 3-2 (10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8)    
Steffen Mengel – Samuel Walker 3-1 (11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-4)

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