GAUZY secures 3:2 win for OchsenhausenPhoto: Courtesy LIEBHERR Ochsenhausen
First leg of TTCLM semi-finals: TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – Borussia Dusseldorf 3:2
First semi-final game of 2017/18 TTCLM, between TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – Borussia Dusseldorf, was very similar to last year`s quarter-final: both times Ochsenhausen won first leg 3:2, while Simon GAUZY beat Timo BOLL in the second and Anton KALLBERG in the decisive, fifth encounter. Borussia progressed to the semis last year by an aggregate score of 5:4. Now the better side will be decide in the returning clash, on April 6th.
Hugo CALDERANO has secured an early lead for the host side, by defeating Anton KALLBERG in four games. Brazilian was four points behind in the third set, but managed to win it by two amazing forehands after 9:9.
Simon GAUZY showed again that he knows how to play against actual world no. 1 Timo BOLL. French player, current world no. 8, beat great German in four games. Guest refused to give up in fourth set after 9:5 lead for his opponent, saving two match points (10:7, 10:9), but third one he couldn’t.
Ochsenhausen has missed a good opportunity for 3:0 win, as Jakub DYJAS led 2:1 against Kristian KARLSSON. Turning point had happened at 8:8 in the fourth set, when guest reached two points in a row. KARLSSON continued in same manner in the fifths set, opened by his five consecutive points.
Timo BOLL exacted revenge on Hugo CALDERANO for recent loss in the Round 2 of Qatar Open. Borussia`s star reversed the score from 1:2 to 3:2.
GAUZY was extended to full distance by KALLBERG who led 2:1. At the score of 2:2 (7:7) host won two points in a row - second one was fully exciting (ball bounced twice on the net during exchange).
TTCLM semi-finals, first game
TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – Borussia Dusseldorf 3:2
Hugo CALDERANO – Anton KALLBERG 3:1 (13:11, 8:11, 11:9, 11:4)
Simon GAUZY – Timo BOLL 3:1 (11:8, 11:8, 3:11, 11:9)
Jakub DYJAS – Kristian KARLSSON 2:3 (11:9, 7:11, 11:5, 9:11, 7:11)
Hugo CALDERANO – Timo BOLL 2:3 (9:11, 11:9, 13:11, 5:11, 4:11)
Simon GAUZY – Anton KALLBERG 3:2 (11:6, 7:11, 5:11, 11:7, 11:8)