Roberto Bartol (CRO) upset the pool world at the Dynamic Billard European Championships in St. Johann i.Pg., Austria, by eliminating highly favored Nick van den Berg (NED) with 9:8 from the event in the round of the last 64 players.
Maybe it is a curse that lies on van den Berg when he plays against a Bartol. Two years ago, he lost to Roberto’s brother Michel in North Cyprus at the European Championships. Today, he went up highly favored against totally unheralded Roberto Bartol, the younger brother of the two. Things started out pretty promising fro van den Berg. After six racks, he was in front with 5:1 and it looked like a was in the park for van den Berg. But suddenly the tide turned in the match. Barton got the room of the balls and also improved his play immensely. He took the next five racks and went up on van den Berg with 6:5. Suddenly, the match was hot again. Barton was a real challenge for van den Berg. Being 7:6 in the lead, the Dutch Champion missed an 8-ball and instead of getting on the hill with 8:6, the match was tied at 7:7. All of that gave Bartol some wind underneath his wings. He played focussed and steady and went on the hill first with 8:7. Van den Berg needed a good roll and he got it. He tied the match at 8:8. Rack 17 was the decider. Bartol committed no more mistakes and in the end won the match with 9:8. It can be stated that this victory is not undeserved at all. Bartol consequently made use of the chances he was given and rightfully took the victory over van den Berg. Barton will face Denis Grabe (EST) in his next match in the round of the last 32 players. Grabe defeated Marco Teutscher (NED) 9:5.
Other remarkable results include Maximilian Lechner (AUT), one of the local players defeated BCA Hall of Famer Ralf Souquet (GER) 9:6. To the surprise of the audience, Lechner was fully in control of the match and Souquet struggled to find his rhythm. The match was very slow so the tournament direction decided impose a shot-clock on the match. Lechner got momentum first and ousted Souquet from the men’s 9-ball competition. He will be up next against Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP). Gabor Solymosi (HUN) won 9:5 over Jim Chawki (SWE) and is now in the round of the last 32 players where he will face Karol Skowerski (POL) as his next opponent. Albin Ouschan (AUT) just stayed alive in the 9-ball event, handing Kim Laaksonen (FIN) a 9:8 defeat.
In the women’s division, Kristina Tkach (RUS) remained victorious with 7:6 over Katarzyna Wesolowska (POL). Tkach will be up against her teammate Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) in the loser’s qualification round. In the wheelchair division, David Himpe (BEL) was able to win his match with Leszek Blumczynski (POL) 7:6.
2016年4月12日，歐錦賽9球比賽繼續進行。在64進32的比賽中，荷蘭名將 Nick van den Berg 在開局5-1領先的情況下，慘遭克羅埃西亞球員 Roberto Bartol 9-8翻盤，遺憾告別本屆歐錦賽。與他一同結束歐錦賽之旅的還有德國名將 Ralf Souquet，他以6-9的比分輸給奧地利的 Maximilian Lechner。
男子組64進32的比賽，van den Berg 面對的是 Bartol。或許對於 van den Berg 來講，對陣巴托爾姓氏的選手他就會陷於魔咒。兩年前的北塞浦路斯歐錦賽上，他就輸給了巴托爾的哥哥 Michel。而這一次，van den Berg 面對“無名小卒” Bartol 的挑戰，比賽開局階段他如願建立了5-1的領先優勢。然而下一刻，場上風雲突變，Bartol 連下五局將比分反超。隨後，van den Berg 連勝兩局再度取得領先。第14局，van den Berg 進攻8號球失誤，Bartol 輕鬆清台將比分追平。在巨大壓力下，Bartol 越發穩健，穩穩拿下第15局後率先奪得賽點。Van den Berg 沒有放棄，頑強地拿下下一局後將比賽拖入決勝局。決勝局中，Bartol 發揮近乎完美，順利拿下此局後以總比分9-8力克 van den Berg 挺進32強，他的下一輪對手是愛沙尼亞好手 Denis Grabe。由於9球項目是本屆歐錦賽的最後一個項目，爆冷輸掉比賽的 van den Berg 只能遺憾地告別本屆歐錦賽的賽場。
另一場頗受關註的比賽中，奧地利本土球手 Maximilian Lechner 向BCA名人堂成員 Ralf Souquet 發起挑戰。比賽出人意料的被 Lechner 所掌控，Souquet 只能竭力找尋自己的節奏。最終，占得先機的 Lechner 9-6爆冷擊敗 Souquet，晉級32強，他的下一輪對手是西班牙球星 Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz。其他場次，Albin Ouschan 9-8險勝 Kim Laaksonen，Gabor Solymosi 9-5 輕取 Jim Chawki，均如願晉級。
女子組方面，昨日摘得8球金牌的俄羅斯好手 Kristina Tkach 在敗部比賽中7-6力克波蘭美女 Katarzyna Wesolowska，保留住了晉級希望，而在敗部晉級賽中，她將迎來與同胞好友 Nataliya Seroshtan 的內戰。
The Dynamic Billard European Championships will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time with matches in the last 16 single elimination 9-ball individuals. The Austrian national TV station ORF will broadcast six hours LIVE from the event.
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