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Borussia Düsseldorf clinched the title in the LIEBHERR Cup final

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Borussia Düsseldorf prevailed in the Germany's LIEBHERR Cup final and clinched the second title of the season after the Champions League triumph earlier in December. In the final, in the Ratiopharm arena in Ulm / Neu-Ulm it was a 3: 1 against the long-term adversaries TTF LIEBHERR Ochsenhausen. Now, they are aiming for the Bundesliga (TTBL) title for the fourth perfect season in the club's history.

Timo BOLL made it clear on Saturday evening:

“It's a great victory,” said the Borussia Düsseldorf superstar after the 27th Cup triumph in the club's history.

Before that, BOLL had once again become the decisive man for the record Cup winner in the Liebherr Cup final. The 39-year-old contributed two wins in the 3-1 final against TTF LIEBHERR Ochsenhausen.

"Against Ochsenhausen we always have the feeling of being the hunter," he added. “The win is all the better now. It's always a nice feeling to be able to stand upstairs. "

It was only in mid-December that Düsseldorf won the first trophy of the season with the Champions League title and now can hope for the fourth triple in the club's history after 2010, 2011 and 2018. What is still missing is the title in the table tennis Bundesliga (TTBL), in which Borussia is currently on a sovereign play-off course and leads the table after a little more than half of the season.

In the final of the Final Four tournament, it was not only Boll who shone with his 3-0 (11: 8, 11: 8, 11: 7) against Kanak JHA and the 3:1 (11: 5, 12:10, 10: 12, 12:10) against Hugo CALDERANO. Kristian Karlsson could also be congratulated on Saturday: After 0: 2 sets in reverse against CALDERANO, the Swede bit into the match and won 3:2 (5:11, 5:11, 11: 6, 11: 7, 11: 4 ) and put his Düsseldorf on the road to success.

"I am a fighter. I didn't want to give up and just played, ”said KARLSSON afterwards.

The point for Ochsenhausen was contributed by Simon Gauzy, who had a very strong day and defeated Anton KÄLLBERG 3: 2 (8:11, 11: 4, 11: 7, 9:11, 12:10) - for Källberg it was that only second defeat in the 27th season game in all competitions.

Danny Heister was “overjoyed” in the evening. The Dutch coach, who had extended his contract with Borussia a few days before the Final Four until 2023, said: “A big compliment goes to my whole team. We had to go without titles for two years, so I'm all the happier that it has already worked out twice this season. The team has the same goals, we're going in one direction together - it's great fun. "

Ochsenhausen, on the other hand, had their consolation in silver. After winning the double crown in 2019, the team had to pass a title to ASV Grünwettersbach (Cup) and 1. FC Saarbrücken TT (Championship) last season. In all competitions it was the sixth final participation in a row for the TTF.

 “Against Düsseldorf it's always close games, in which we usually had the better end for us recently,” said GAUZY, “this time the game unfortunately went to Borussia. Of course we are disappointed. But we're attacking again. But today my congratulations go to Düsseldorf first.

Nico STEHLE, Managing Director of the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) GmbH, was able to look forward to a successful and historic table tennis day. After more than 4,600 fans attended the Liebherr Cup final last year and created a record crowd, this year's Final Four had to do without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It's a shame that we weren't able to receive any fans in the Ratiopharm arena this year. Sport lives from emotions and the atmosphere, so we hope that it will be possible to attend sporting events again soon, ”said STEHLE.

 

Final

 

TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – Borussia Düsseldorf 1:3

Hugo Calderano – Kristian Karlsson 2:3 (11:5, 11:5, 6:11, 7:11, 4:11)

Kanak Jha – Timo Boll 0:3 (8:11, 8:11, 7:11)

Simon Gauzy – Anton Källberg 3:2 (8:11, 11:4, 11:7, 9:11, 12:10)

Hugo Calderano – Timo Boll 1:3 (5:11, 10:12, 12:10, 10:12)

 

Semi finals

 

TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen – TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt 3:2

Hugo Calderano – Alvaro Robles 3:0 (11:8, 11:5, 11:6)

Kanak Jha – Benedikt Duda 1:3 (13:11, 6:11, 9:11, 6:11)

Simon Gauzy – Stefan Fegerl 3:0 (11:5, 11:6, 11:4)

Hugo Calderano – Benedikt Duda 2:3 (3:11, 11:4, 11:13, 11:7, 4:11)

Simon Gauzy/Samuel Kulczycki – Alvaro Robles/Stefan Fegerl 3:0 (17:15, 11:5, 11:8)

 

Borussia Düsseldorf – ASV Grünwettersbach 3:1

Timo Boll – Deni Kozul 3:2 (6:11, 11:7, 11:3, 5:11, 11:5)

Anton Källberg – Dang Qiu 3:2 (7:11, 11:7, 5:11, 11:6, 11:4)

Kristian Karlsson – Wang Xi 0:3 (7:11, 7:11, 7:11)

Timo Boll – Dang Qiu 3:1 (9:11, 11:6, 11:5, 14:12)

 

 

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