1. FC Saarbrücken TT beat Chartres ASTT in straight matches, win their third group match of Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTCLM) and are now close to the quarterfinals. TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen and Borussia Düsseldorf secure important wins, too.
1. FC Saarbrücken TT made a big step towards the quarterfinals with a straight win against Chartres ASTT. In the third group match of Table Tennis Champions League Men (TTBL), the team of coach Slobodan Grujic won 3-0 in France .
"That was a very important win for us today," said Saarbrücken's press spokesman Nicolas Barrois. "The height, however, is certainly surprising." This was ensured right at the beginning by Bojan Tokic, who gave the Austrian Robert Gardos no chance. A good performance was also shown by Patrick Baum, who has been absent for a long time and joined the team replacing Patrick Franziska, against Romain Lorentz. Franziska was spared for the upcoming top match against Ochsenhausen by coach Grujic after the intense previous weeks.
After the break, the Portuguese Tiago Apolonia secured a very special win for Saarbrücken and for himself, as Barrois revealed. "Pär Gerell is a good friend of Tiago, whom he has never won against. Today it finally worked. All in all, this was a very good team performance!"
Düsseldorf has to suffer again
Last year's finalist Borussia Düsseldorf's job this evening was much more difficult than Saarbrücken's – in spite of a stellar start against Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61 from Denmark. After Kristian Karlsson narrowly defeated ex-Borussia player Michael Maze in a 3-2 victory, Anton Källberg extended the lead to 2-0 against Zhai Yujia. However, Stefan Fegerl could not live up to the performance of his Swedish team mates and was defeated by the Dutchman Laurens Tromer in five games. "The team victory outshines my personal disappointment. That makes it a little easier, "said crestfallen Fegerl.
In the the fourth encounter against Zhai, Karlsson had to give in after four games. But on Källberg, however, his team could rely once again: The 20-year-old was already down 1-2 against Maze, when he eventually turned the tables and brought Düssseldorf the long-awaited second victory in the third TTCLM match. "That was a great performance by Anton," cheered Borussia's coach Danny Heister, who had to deal with Timo Boll missing at short notice. "He played very well in the closing stages of his match and the spectators literally cheered him to victory."
Gauzy makes the difference
TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen had to fight too against SPG Walter Wels, whose top player Cho Seungmin proved to be just as dangerous as expected in advance. After the quick lead by Simon Gauzy, the South Korean secured the 1-1 equalizer against re-convalesced Jakub Dyjas and was about to equalize again against Gauzy. But Ochsenhausen' French number one was able to fend off the Cho's match point and score the point on his side. Previously, Yuto Muramatsu also prevailed in five games against Zsolt Petö.
Ochsenhausen now lead their group unchallenged, just as Saarbrücken do in theirs. Dusseldorf is now on position two level on points with Hennebont. The second leg begins on November 22 for Ochsenhausen and on November 24 for Saarbrücken and Düsseldorf.
Chartres ASTT – 1. FC Saarbrücken TT 0:3
Robert Gardos – Bojan Tokic 0:3 (11:9, 11:5, 11:4)
Romain Lorentz – Patrick Baum 1:3 (7:11, 5:11, 11:9, 7:11)
Pär Gerell – Tiago Apolonia 1:3 (11:7, 11:13, 8:11, 7:11)
Borussia Düsseldorf – Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61 3:2
Kristian Karlsson – Michael Maze 3:2 (8:11, 11:8, 11:6, 8:11, 11:5)
Anton Källberg – Zhai Yujia 3:0 (13:11, 13:11, 11:8)
Stefan Fegerl – Laurens Tromer 2:3 (11:9, 8:11, 6:11, 11:5, 8:11)
Kristian Karlsson – Zhai Yujia 1:3 (11:6, 8:11, 8:11, 11:13)
Anton Källberg – Michael Maze 3:2 (11:9, 2:11, 8:11, 11:6)
TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – SPG Walter Wels 3:1
Simon Gauzy – Robin Devos 3:0 (11:3, 11:8, 8:7)
Jakub Dyjas – Cho Seungmin 1:3 (11:5, 13:15, 7:11, 9:11)
Yuto Muramatsu – Zsolt Petö 3:2 (8:11, 11:8, 11:6, 9:11, 11:4)
Simon Gauzy – Cho Seungmin 3:2 (7:11, 11:4, 11:13, 11:6, 12:10)