Dimitrij Ovtcharov Confident Against Zhang Jike (Videos)

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Confident Against Zhang Jike (Videos)
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If there’s one player who can inflict pressure on the Grand Slam champion Zhang Jike, then that could be the German player Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Recently, Ovtcharov has posted several victories and is clearly gaining confidence from those winnings. In fact, last weekend, he eliminated Zhang Jike and said that he has always been confident that he could win against him. 

Sina Sports. Dimitrij Ovtcharov has showed the world that he can defeat the Grand Slam champion Zhang Jike once again, and he did it in the Qatar Open. 

A few weeks ago, Dimtrij Ovtcharov met Zhang Jike in the Kuwait Open. It was a tough battle but the final laugh went to Zhang Jike who eventually became the winner of the competition. 

Zhang Jike vs D. Ovtcharov 2016 Kuwait Open MS QF
video kindly shared by TTJanus

However, last week in Qatar, the German player had more confidence and was in a better condition. He said: 

“This time, I was able to play better than last week. I always believe that I can win against him (Zhang Jike). I am the opponent worthy of his respect. Our backhand is very strong, but this time, my condition was better than him.” 

Indeed in the Qatar Open, he convincingly defeated Zhang Jike in five sets, advancing into the semifinals 

Zhang Jike vs D. Ovtcharov 2016 Qatar Open MS QF
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

“If I would be able to to play well like today in the future, then I believe I can beat anyone. If the opponent I had today was Xu Xin or Fan Zhendong, I would still feel that I might win. Today, my condition is good. I felt very strong.” Ovtcharov added. 

Dimitrij Ovtcharov was defeated by Ma Long in the penultimate stage. 

Photo source: Sina Sports 

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