by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Turning back that sands of time, he emerged successful in a full distance five games encounter (8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8).
Earlier at the semi-final stage Jörg Rosskopf had beaten Panagiotis Gionis of Greece (11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6,11-6), the quarter-final winner in opposition to Frenchman, Christope Legout (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6).
“I’m very proud to be here amongst all these celebrated names”. Christophe Legout
Defeat for Christophe Legout but he had his chances; the opening two games shared, he led 8-2 in the second before Panagiotis Gionis mounted a recovery.
“All the players were happy; Rossi played unbelievably well; when we play, we always have an open match which is good for the spectators. It was typically close, maybe I was too passive but I must give credit to Rossi; in the fifth game his backhand was quite incredible.” Jean-Michel Saive
Earlier Jean-Michel Saive had beaten Sweden’s Jörgen Persson (11-7, 11-9, 11-6), the quarter-final winner against China’s Jiang Jialiang (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6).
“Jörgen had a leg injury but I think it’s the best I’ve seen Jiang Jialiang play on the Legends Tour.” Jean-Michel Saive.
An evening to remember and just one thought; in the German Men’s Team selection for the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf there is still one position to be filled.
Should Jörg Rosskopf select the player clearly in good form?