I would not speak about a change of guards. To say that is far too much.”

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10 years,” the for­mer Ger­man in­ter­na­tional said.

Boll con­firmed to play un­til 2020. “When I stay fit, I have some more years to go. I still love this sport,” the Hessen-born ath­lete said.

Boll said he would re­tire “when you can hardly train or at­tend com­pe­ti­tions with­out feel­ing any pain.” Boll said he is un­der­go­ing reg­u­lar med­i­cal checks ev­ery two weeks and is keep­ing train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion ef­forts in bal­ance.

China’s prob­lems to some ex­tent would be caused by the new type of ball used in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. “The new ball is al­low­ing less spin which makes it eas­ier to re­turn. I call the new ball less dan­ger­ous. You just have bet­ter con­trol over ball and game,” Boll em­pha­sized.

He has changed his game to gain more points through tac­ti­cal va­ri­ety and plac­ing the ball more pre­cisely. The new type of ball makes it eas­ier for him to re­turn and that leads to more con­fi­dence when re­turn­ing a hard ser­vice.

Boll is con­vinced China’s top play­ers are the fa­vorites of the 2018 team World Cup.

“They will come up with some­thing special for the World Cham­pi­onships and get back to an in­tense train­ing ef­fort. But clearly the Ja­panese, and we are the biggest op­po­nents for China,” Boll said.

The Ger­man team is happy about clos­ing the gap as the en­tire top of ta­ble ten­nis moved closer to­gether. The Ger­man team is ready to win a medal at the 2018 team World Cham­pi­onship.

“We are happy to be within reach of the lead­ing Chi­nese play­ers. Ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tions around the world are get­ting tighter now, and we see more sur­pr­ishard who still thinks Chi­nese play­ers re­main the world’s best

Timo Boll,

ing re­sults than be­fore.”

Boll men­tioned that Olympic Cham­pion and World Cham­pion Ma Long in his per­spec­tive is the World’s best player nar­rowly fol­lowed by Fan Zhen­dong.

“Ma Long was the strong­est player over the last 3 to 4 years. He is

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