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Other Events - 8 Feb 2014

APOLONIA is back on right track


Portugal’s Tiago APOLONIA was the surprise name, to complete the opening stage of the Men’s Singles event in first place in his respective group, at the DHS 2014 Europe Cup in Lausanne. “I beat Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and I am in the quarterfinal of the DHS 20

Portugal’s Tiago APOLONIA was the surprise name, to complete the opening stage of the Men’s Singles event in first place in his respective group, at the DHS 2014 Europe Cup in Lausanne.

“I beat Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and I am in the quarterfinal of the DHS 2014 Europe Cup. Which date is today? I have to write it down. This is something I would love to remember,” said APOLONIA.

In past few weeks Tiago had strong preparations in Saarbrucken.

“I worked hard with my club and I kept DHS 2014 Europe Cup in my focus. I knew I could play well, but win over Dimitrij OVTCHAROV exceeded the expectations.”

The match went the full distance. “You have to seize any opportunity that occurs if you want to beat OVTCHAROV. It was a close duel, and I took a little bit of the advantage of the fact that he was nervous. I fought for each point. “ Against Robert GARDOS Tiago won in four games.

“I was not thinking about game ratio, or had any calculations. I went for win.  I had a chance to pass by with two sets, but I wanted to be sure,” said APOLONIA.

After the surgery Tiago won the Olympic qualifications tournament and bronze medal at the European Champions with MONTEIRO in Doubles. “I had a surgery in 2012, but only now I feel like I am back. Finally I can say that I play like I used to play before.” 

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