Big Comeback for Ortmann

Oliver Ortmann

Castel Brando Open down to single elimination


Cison di Valmarino, Italy: Oliver Ortmann (GER) eliminated Ivica Putnik (CRO) from the Dynamic Billard Castel Brando Open Euro-Tour event, handing him a 9:7 defeat in the loser’s qualification round.

The match started quite leveled with both contestants taking turns in scoring point for point. After eight racks, the match was all square at 4:4. It was Putnik who gained some momentum then and also had some lucky shots regarding his positional play. He won three racks in a row and got a 7:4 advantage over the former World Champion Ortmann. But Putnik is also known to be the eternal bridesmaid when it comes to close encounters. Somehow he always seems to lose his focus when the match gets tight. That’s what happened in this match as well. In rack twelve Putnik looked like getting on the hill but he could not run the rack though he had another lucky safety shot in the rack. He gave it away to Ortmann. Putnik then broke the next rack and things looked promising.


He played a good safety shot and was on top of the situation. But after he achieved everything he needed to score a point, he made an avoidable mistake and missed a ball. That brought Ortmann to 7:6, being down with only one point. Rack 14 was played rock solid by Ortmann. He had a good break shot and not an easy layout. With a perfectly executed safety shot he forced Putnik to play a foul shot. With ball in hand, Ortmann tied the match at 7:7. The same was repeated in the next rack and unexpectedly, Ortmann went on the hill first. It was Ortmann’s safety play and a lucky position that brought him the victory in rack 16. He won the match with 9:7 and will now enter the round of the final 32 players which will be played at 20:00 and 21:00 local time.


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