US News: Table Tennis-EM: Boll and Ovtcharov rely on home advantage

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Record Champion Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov at the European table tennis championship in Munich.

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"Here in Germany we always have a very good atmosphere with great fans who are behind us," said Ovtcharov. Also the world ranking 14. Boll sees an advantage. «If you offer him the appropriate performance, it will be strongly rewarded. We want to go there: that we put the audience in euphoria and that we Germans will hopefully come far. »

On Wednesday, Boll and Co. will join the tournament in the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle. In addition to the world ranking 9. With Patrick Franziska (12th) and promoted Dang Qiu (13th), Ovtcharov and Boll stand four Germans in the top 15 in the world. Boll and Ovtcharov shared seven of the past eight single European titles.

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But both top professionals go into the tournament with a question mark. Boll had last struggled with a rib injury. "The units were decent and without pain," said Borussia Düsseldorf's professional. "I am not yet where I want to be, but I hope that I can somehow increase in the course of the tournament."

Ovtcharov is still handicapped. The Olympic third was out for around eight months after two ankle operations. “Everything is currently possible: to get to the front and to leave early. I try not to put too much result in pressure, but to concentrate on my game and show my best table tennis, »said the 33-year-old.

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