Timo Boll holds his nerve to survive thriller at World Table Tennis Championships
Boll required seven sets to beat Monteiro in the third round
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.