Kristian KARLSSON and Mattias FALCK of Sweden will play against Daniel HABESOHN and Robert GARDOS of Austria in the final of the Men’s Doubles Event at the LIEBHERR 2018 ITTF European Championships.
In the semi final FALCK an KARLSSON overcame Ruwen FILUS and Ricardo WALTHER of Germany (7:11, 6:11, 9:11, 8:11).
“We were very confident in our play, and read their game very well. We missed only few balls. We controlled their spins well,” said Mattias who changed his family name from KARLSSON after he got married.
They will meet Austria’s pairings and they looking forward to it.
“HABESOHN and GARDOS already beat us before in 2012, so we have an extra motive here,” said Kristian.
HABESOHN and GARDOS in the semis overcame reigning champions Patrick FRANZISKA of Germany and Jonathan GROTH of Denmark (11:8, 11:8, 8:11, 11:8, 6:11, 13:11, 2:11)
“It was very difficult at the beginning, because we did not know how to play against them. We had never meet before and we needed time to read their game. Eventually, after being down three games to one, we learned what we have to do,” said GARDOS.
They learned their lesson well- decisive game finished at 11:2.
“We were mentally much stronger. Our confidence rose and they were very weak in that part. We easily sealed the match” said GARDOS.