Mission acomplished for Germany. The German men team defeated Japan in a great style and is in the final of the World Team Championship 2012. Dimitrij Ovtcharov gave the first point to Germany after beating Jun Mizutani in three straight games. Ovtcharov is the current n° 10 in the world, while Jun Mizutani stays at the 8th spot, so the victory of the German player shouldn't be a surprise. However, this victory is special for Ovtcharov because it's the first time that he overcame Mizutani in a international tournament. The young player confessed that he was very satisfied with his 3-0 victory and thinks that he he showed a great performance.
The interviewer pointed out that both players had clashed on 8th occasions and Ovtcharov had lost in all of them, so he asked what was different this time. Ovtcharov answered that there were 11.000 spectators and all of them hoped a victory, so that gave him the confidence and then he had a good start and he just kept going. About their rival in the final, Ovtcharov expressed that he preferred to play against South Korea because they have more chances to win but they had expected a final against China, so they trained hard and he thinks that they are in a great shape to face the world champions.
In the second match, Timo Boll emerged successfully over the talented Koki Niwa. Boll said that this was the first time that he faced Koki Niwa. The German player confessed that it was tough match despite the score because the Japanese player has a different style and is very smart for his age. The European Champion also thanked spectators for the great atmosphere and support.
Jorg Rosskopf, German coach, analysed the match and said that Japan tried to come back into the game but it was surprised by the German players' power. German team's goal was to be in the final, so now they aren't under pressure anymore.
Photo and info. source: German Federation's Facebook web page - ittf.com