In the German Table Tennis Cup’s round of 16, the TTC Neu-Ulm played it extremely safe. German number one Dimitrij Ovtcharov traveled to the away game at SV Werder Bremen in addition to Swedish world number six Truls Moregardh, who recently played several times for the ambitious Swabians in the Bundesliga, in order to avoid the risk of early elimination against their northern neighbors who have the same number of points (6:2 points each; Neu-Ulm and Bremen are currently fourth and fifth in the Bundesliga). The significance of this was subsequently made obvious to the visitors, and it related not only to the celebrity lineup but also to Vladimir Sidorenko of Neu-current Ulm’s good health.
The 20-year-old Russian defeated Bremen’s Mattias Falck, a World Cup runner-up in 2019 and a Munich native who advanced to the semifinals of the European Championship. Sidorenko had already had a successful league debut with a victory over the previously unbeaten Feng Yi-Hsin ( Grenzau). The 3-0 victory over Bremen was then completed with ease by Ovtcharov and Moregardh. TSV Bad Königshofen was eliminated after losing 0:3 the previous evening in Ochsenhausen.