Unstoppable. That's the only adjective that can be used to describe Dimitrij Ovtcharov's performance this week during the Brazil Open 2011.
The #1 seeded simply didn't see his chance to the title threatened by anybody and swept each opponet by 4-0 on his path to be crowned Brazil Open 2011 Champion.
Dima started his participation in the Brazil Open by beating Chile's Felipe Olivares by 4-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5). In the next day, he went to the court to beat Italy's Niagol Stoyanov by a similar score of 4-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-9, 11-7).
Until that point it was a nice path for Dima, but in the Quarter Finals he was booked to face famous veteran Jean-Michel Saive, who's far from being who he was during the 90's but you can't get distracted or he can beat you out from pure talent and experience. But Dima wasn't surprised and won the match by 4-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9).
In the semifinals, Ovtcharov faced Portugal's Tiago Apolonia, star of the German club TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen and who beat Christian Suss in the recent DTTL finals. But Dima was concentrated and his goal was the title so he swept with Apolonia by 4-0 (11-6,11-8,11-9,11-5).
In the other semifinals, the 2nd Ochsenhausen's pillar Marcos Freitas defeated Singapore's Zhan Jian by 4-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7) and got into the finals to face Dima.
In the final, Dimitrij again showed a great resolution to win and didn't allow Marcos Freitas to breath. Dima was the boss from start to end, and except for a little weak time during the 3rd set when Freitas got close to him by 5-4 and the Ukranian-born asked for time out, he always kept a good advantage over the Portuguese, ruling mercilessly with his terrific backhand shot each time he could. It was like this that he quickly won the final match by an score of 4-0 (11-8,11-5,11-5,11-7) and got the Brazil Open 2011 title.
Congratulations to Dimitrij Ovtcharov for getting the Brazil Open and the second title on his career!
Photo source: Dimitrij Ovtcharov Facebook fans page.