Ovtcharov About Masato Shiono: "Respect For His Performance"

Ovtcharov about Masato Shiono: "Respect for his performance"
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Dimitrij Ovtcharov hasn't had an easy 2013 German Open at all. After two strenuous matches yesterday, the new European champion faced his biggest challenge so fat today. He emerged successfully over Masato Shiono of Japan, the owner of two 2013 World Tour titles, in a nail-biting match. 

Dimitrij Ovtcharov has suffered more than expected to reach quarterfinals of the 2013 German Open. The defending champion got a 4:2 victory over China's Liang Jingkun in the opening round. Then things would be more difficult for him. 

Ovtcharov started losing against South Korea's Jung Youngsik by 0:2. Then he managed to get the third game but Jung won the fourth match and put himself 3:1 up in the score. The German player had a great comeback and secured his victory by 4:3. 

The next match won't be different from the previous one. The German player faced Japan's Masato Shiono, who is the title holder of the 2013 Japan Open and 2013 Czech Open so far. Ovtcharov was up in the score almost all the time leading by 2:1 and 3:2. But Shiono managed to level at 3:3. In the deciding game Ovtcharov didn't have a good  forecast, because he was down 2:5 and 6:9 but he fought back in both occasions and sealed his victory by 11:9. 

Right after the match, Ovtcharov didn't talked about his victory but he praised Shiono's skills: "I had never played against a so consistent defensive player. It was unbelievable. It didn't matter, if I put the ball in the middle, on his backhand or forehand, he answered all of them. And now I'm not surprised about his winning path in previous tournaments, and victories against Chinese players as well, anymore. None else plays as a classic defensive player. If he had won, he would have deserved it and I only can say: respect for his performance."   

Photo and info. source: International Table Tennis Federation's Facebook page - Tischtennis in Deutschland's Facebook page

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