Thursday, November 21, 2013
A High Note to End, Gold for Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska
A total of 787 matches, 3,648 games and 67,176 points; the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour German Open came to a conclusion on the late afternoon of Sunday 17th November on a high note not only for the host nation but also for Butterfly.
Partners in a major event for the first time, Timo Boll and Patrick Franziska combined to win the Men’s Doubles title in a contest that brought proceedings in Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Hall to a fitting climax.
In dramatic contest they recovered from a two games to nil and 5-9 deficit in the third game to beat the Chinese Taipei partnership of Chiang Hung-Chieh and Huang Sheng-Sheng by the very narrowest of margins to secure a thrilling victory (11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 13-11, 12-10).
"We played together for the first time; it is great to play with Timo”, said Patrick Franziska. "The US$ 4,000 is welcome but the title is more important, no one can take it away."
It was for Patrick Franziska his first such title, for Timo Boll his eighth and with his fourth partner. In 2001 Timo Boll won in England and the Netherlands with Zoltan Fejer-Konnerth; in 2004 in Poland and Germany with Christian Süss. One year later in 2005 in Japan and in 2009 in Germany, he won again with Christian Süss; earlier this year in the Chinese city of Changchun he clinched the top spot with the host nation’s Ma Long.
Success for Timo Boll in the Men’s Doubles event but in the Men’s Singles competition earlier in the day, he had been beaten in the penultimate round by compatriot Dimitrij Ovtcharov (11-13, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9).
“For me the decisive moment was his Time Out in the fourth game; that completely ruined my rhythm”, said Timo Boll. “I had just established my stride, in the middle of