Underdog Denis Grabe wins Dynamic Billard Austrian Open
Denis Grabe from Estonia just won the Dynamic Billard Austrian Open 2014 with a clear 9:1 defeat over Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) in the final match.
Ekonomopoulos had to deal with #1 ranked player in the semi-final, Nick van den Berg (NED). He played really strong and did not allow van den Berg to find his game even though it was van den Berg’s birthday today. To the contrary, the balls really rolled in Ekonomopoulos’ favor and the end result of 9:2 in favor of Ekonomopoulos showed how clear his victory was today.
Denis Grabe had tougher work ahead. In the second semi-final, he was already trailing 7:8 to #2 ranked player Niels Feijen (NED) when the Dutch missed a shot. He was disturbed by a fly but still tried to execute the important shot which he missed. Grabe ran two racks and took the victory by a hair’s breadth with 9:8.
The initial situation in the final match did speak for Ekonomopoulos since he did not have to come up with as much energy in the semi-final as Grabe had. But things were turned upside down in the final again. Grabe played a one-man-show and Ekonomopoulos was condemned to watch his opponent take point after point. In the end, 9:1 was a fair and just result in favor of Grabe. „I have never ever won a Euro-Tour event before“, stated Grabe after the match, „that’s why it means very much to me“. „I think I will celebrate the victory tonight with a glass or two“ added Grabe with a smile.
Top 8 finishers Men’s Dynamic Billard Austrian Open 2014
1. Denis Grabe (EST)
2. Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)
3. Niels Feijen (NED)
3. Nick van den Berg (NED)
5. Karol Skowerski (POL)
5. Mark Gray (GBR)
5. Stephan Cohen (FRA)
5. Mario He (AUT)
Top Ten players Euro-Tour ranking
1. Nick van den Berg (NED)
2. Niels Feijen (NED)
3. Mateusz Sniegocki (POL)
4. Karol Skowerski (POL)
5. Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
6. Daniele Corrieri (ITA)
7. Mark Gray (GBR)
8. Albin Ouschan (AUT)
9. Phil Burford (GBR)
10. Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
The Euro-Tour women’s event will continue tonight and morning at 09:00 am local time.
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