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Timo Boll holds his nerve to survive thriller at World Table Tennis Championships

Boll required seven sets to beat Monteiro in the third round

News 01 May 2015, 01:00 IST
Timo Boll
Timo Boll

Suzhou (China), April 30 (IANS)

German star Timo Boll kept his nerves to beat Portugal's Joao Monteiro in a seven set thriller and reach the men's singles fourth round at the World Table Tennis Championships here on Thursday.

Facing a player 28 positions lower in the world rankings, the seventh-ranked Boll had been struggling until 10-all in the deciding game before winning 11-5, 7-11, 10-12, 14-12, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, reports Xinhua.

The last minutes saw Boll win a top-spin rally to lead 10-9 before Monteiro pulled even with a forehand killer. The Portuguese was under immense pressure as he hit wide a shot and then sent a return to the net while misjudging spin on Boll's shot.

Boll faces Hong Kong player Wong Chun Ting on Friday.

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