First Ever All European Final
ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The final ITTF Pro Tour tournament of the year had been the Liebherr Swedish Open in Gothenburg.
The two players who had contested the final were Germanyís Timo BOLL and Belgiumís Jean-Michel SAIVE.
In Fuzhou, the two were once again the protagonists in the final; the prize at stake a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet car and the title, Menís Singles champion, Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals 2005.
BOLL, the number two seed started as favourite in the final and in the opening game he justified the billing. He won 11-6.
SAIVE won the next point, 7-6 ahead but BOLL won the next four with any fortune going his way to move to 10-7; the Belgian hero saved the first game point but not the second, as he attacked wide to the BOLL forehand and at the end of a fierce rally aimed his attack just that centimetre too wide.
SAIVE had a mountain to climb and the mountain became even higher when BOLL went into a 2-0 lead in the fourth game; the Belgian hero levelled at 2-all but serving BOLL re-took the lead winning both points on the service to move ahead 4-2. Every point was being won by the player serving, SAIVE recovered to 4-all and then broke the pattern to go ahead 5-4. The German levelled but the next two points went to SAIVE, he was ahead 7-5. BOLL recovered to 7-all, SAIVE went ahead 8-7 then fortune for BOLL as the ball clipped the net and trickled over, 8-all.
Confident, SAIVE won the first three points of the fifth game before BOLL replied; again fortune for BOLL as he reduced the arrears to 2-3 and then with SAIVE back on the ropes he levelled at 3-all. BOLL went ahead 5-3. SAIVE called `Time Outí, BOLL was accelerating, a re-appraisal was needed.
Title & Car
Timo BOLL (GER) bt Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5
Image: Timo BOLL, the Men's Singles champion at the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals
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