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NEW DELHI: Star In­dian pad­dler G Sathiyan knocked out world num­ber 16 Mar­cos Fre­itas af­ter a grip­ping bat­tle to move to the pre-quar­ter­fi­nals of the ITTF Aus­trian Open in Linz.

Ranked 35 in the world and lone In­dian in the main draw, Sathiyan had to play out of his skin to down Fre­itas 4-3 in the elite Plat­inum tour­na­ment.

The In­dian lost the first game 4-11 but fought back in his usual ag­gres­sive way, win­ning the next games 11-9, 11-9.

But the Por­tuguese was not ready to give up, claw­ing his way back into the con­test by clinch­ing the next two games 11-8, 11-6.

A valiant Sathiyan man­aged to level the match 3-3, bat­tling to a 11-9 vic­tory.

With ev­ery­thing to play for in the de­cider, he showed great tem­per­a­ment to race to a 11-7 win for a sen­sa­tional vic­tory.

“It was a won­der­ful vic­tory and I am very sat­is­fied with the way I per­formed to­day. I just hope to con­tinue my streak and go as deep as pos­si­ble in the tour­na­ment,” Sathiyan said af­ter the match.

He next plays China’s World No. 2 Xu Xin for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

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