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European Championships - 4 Oct 2013

Germany tuned for success


The most awaited match of the first day, duel between Austria and Germany in the opening round of the Men’s Championships Division at the LIEBHERR European Championships in WSA Multiversum concluded in the favor of defending champions. “The opening match

The most awaited match of the first day, duel between Austria and Germany in the opening round of the Men’s Championships Division at the LIEBHERR European Championships in WSA Multiversum concluded in the favor of defending champions.

“The opening match was very important. We were unlucky with the draw. The other half is little bit easier. However, now when we had a good start, things looks much better,” said coach Jorg ROSSKOPF.

Both teams were aware of the importance of the opening match. Patrick BAUM and Robert GARDOS both were under great pressure. GARDOS had a better start and took first two games, before Patrick recovered to level. In decisive fifth set it was 12:10 for two times European Championship runner up.

“I had a problem with the service game. Also, I did not feel self confident in the opening sets,” said BAUM.

In next match Dimitrij OVTCHAROV beat Stefan FEGERL, whilst Patrick FRANZISKA overcame CHEN Weixing.

Greece and Belarus recorded opening matches victories. Kalinikos KREANGA gave Greece dream start with the victory over Pavel SIRUCEK, but Dimitrij PROKOPCOV put Panagiotis GIONIS under severe pressure. However Konstantinos PAPAGEORGIU brought Greece back on winning track and GIONIS sealed the duel with the victory over Antonin GAVLAS.

Experienced HE ZHI Wen beat Evgeny CHTCHETININE to give Spain the hope, but Vladimir SAMSONOV in next match took it away. SAMSONOV beat Carlos MACHADO and in full distance duel overcame Marc DURAN as well.
In full distance duel Sweden prevailed against Poland.

In Challenge division Italy conclude their encounter against Belgium in straight matches, but Slovakia was starched to full distance against Denmark. Lubomir PISTEJ beat both Jonathan GROTH and Kasper STERNBERG whilst Peter SEREDA succeeded against GROTH.

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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