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Dimitrij Ovtcharov (nickname Dima), is one of the best German table tennis players. He is the Butterfly sponsored player.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Biography

  • date of birth September: 2, 1988
  • Major achievements
  • 2017 38th World Cup Men’s Singles Championship2016 Rio Olympics Men’s Team Third Runner-up
  • third place in men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics,
  • third place in the men’s team,
  • third place in men’s singles table tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Bodyweight 71kg/156lbs
  • height 183cm
  • Place of residence: Dusseldorf (Germany)

Dimitrij Ovtcharov career

Ovtcharov Dimitrij (Ovtcharov Dimitrij), born in 1988 in Kyiv, Ukraine, is a German table tennis player.

Dima and German Team (source: WTT)
Dima and German Team (source: WTT)

His backhand ability is very strong, backhand serves, defense, and quick attack is strong. The defensive ability is also very good. It is the most promising new star in Europe after Waldner, Samsonov, and Timo Boll. Ocharov’s serve is dominated by a unique backhand serve. Under the premise that the backhand serve is the main tactical routine, depending on the opponent and the changes in the court situation, sometimes it will be replaced with a forehand serve.

On July 30, 2021, Dimitri Ocharov won the bronze medal in men’s singles table tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  On the evening of August 6, the men’s table tennis team finals of the Tokyo Olympics, the Chinese men’s team composed of Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Fan Zhendong, faced old rivals Ocharov’s German men’s team. China won and won the championship. The German men’s team won the runner-up (Silver medal).

2 bronze medals at the Olympics

Since the gold medal and silver medal of the Olympics are won by the Chinese players. The rest of the world will try to get the Bronze medal.

Dimitrij Ovcharov has won the Bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Recently, at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he won his second Bronze medal in the men’s singles event.

Butterfly Sponsored player

Dimitrij Ovtcharov is the Butterfly sponsored player.

Dima is now sponsored by Butterfly
Dima is now sponsored by Butterfly

Dimitrij Ovcharov’s equipment

Butterfly also confirmed the personal equipment of Dimitrij Ovtcharov:

OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij - Butterfly Online
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij – Butterfly Online

He is a Butterfly-sponsored player. He is playing with the Butterfly Ovtcharov Innerforce ALC (check price/ read review) blade with Dignics 09C (check price 1/ check price 2) on his forehand and Dignics 05 (check price/ read review) on his backhand.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Innerforce ALC
Dimitrij Ovtcharov Innerforce ALC
Dimitrij Ovtcharov Innerforce ALC
Dimitrij Ovtcharov Innerforce ALC

Why did he change his blade?

At the beginning of his career, Dimitrij Ovtcharov used a Waldner Senso Carbon blade and Coppa rubbers. To meet his increasing demands for speed, Ovtcharov quickly upgraded to the Butterfly carbon blade.

Since he is a Butterfly sponsored player, he has a carbon blade made for his name.

Donic Senso Carbon
Donic Senso Carbon

World ranking evolution

His highest ranking is #1 (January 2018). Dimitrij Ovtcharov’s current world ranking is #6.

He is playing for Club Gazprom Fakel Orenburg (Russia).

Dimitrij Ovtcharov Achievements

As a top 10 table tennis player since 2009, Dimitrij is capable of defeating any opponent if he’s in peak condition. In 2018, he briefly climbed to the top of the global rankings.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov - equipment and playing style
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – equipment and playing style (1)

The Olympic Games have yielded two silver medals, while the World Championships have yielded four. In 2017, he won the World Cup gold medal after defeating Timo in the finals.

  • 2020 Olympics – Men’s Singles Bronze Medalist, Men’s Team Silver Medalist
  • 2019 European Championships – Men’s Team Gold Medal
  • 2018 Achieved No. 1 ITTF World Ranking
  • 2018 World Championships – Men’s Team Silver Medal
  • 2017 Men’s World Cup – Singles Champion
  • 2016 Olympics – Men’s Team Bronze Medal
  • 2015 European Championships – Runner-Up
  • 2015 Europe Top 16 – Champion
  • 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships – Men’s Team Silver Medal
  • 2014 World Tour Grand Finals – Runner-Up
  • 2013 European Championships – Singles Runner-Up, Men’s Team Gold Medal
  • 2012 Olympics – Men’s Singles Bronze Medal, Men’s Team Bronze Medal
  • 2012 Europe Top 12 – Champion
  • 2010 World Championships – Men’s Team Silver Medal
  • 2008 Olympics – Men’s Team Silver Medal

Perfect German team

Over the course of his career, Ovtcharov has achieved much of his success in Europe, most notably at the European Championships. At these championships, he’s won nine gold medals. This is in part due to Germany’s excellent team. As a German team, Ovtcharov, Timo Boll, and Patrick Franziska are a fearsome force.

Team Germany (Photo Rémy Gros)
Team Germany (Photo Rémy Gros)

Dimitrij Ovtcharov’s playing style

His services, in particular, are very difficult to read spin. Here is the video about the Tomahawk serve of Dima. One of our most requested table tennis tutorials. Dimitrij Ovtcharov himself teaches you how to do the Tomahawk Serve, in four steps. Many players favorite serve.

4 Steps with Dimitrij Ovtcharov to learn the Worlds Best Tomahawk Serve

Watch this video.

Many of his admirers were drawn in by his backhand flick. His forehand side moves considerably when he wants to do the banana flick, which Ovtcharov is a champion. It is because of this that when the ball falls more to the left of his forehand side than he anticipated, he occasionally employs an unorthodox backhand push. Because he isn’t wide enough to play a banana flick, Ovtcharov opts for a backhand push, but he has already committed to using the backhand.

Even though it’s a poor habit, it’s an easier shot to play.

Ovtcharov has the best backhand serve in table tennis
Ovtcharov has the best backhand serve in table tennis

He also stands perpendicular to the table, unlike other corkscrew servers, who tend to face the direction of play while playing. Ovtcharov is also well-known for having a devastating backhand to go along with his tremendous forehand. When he plays from the backhand side, he can put rallies away with ease because of his fluid wrist motion.

Even yet, Ovtcharov has the expertise to get away with this shot while many of us would not. When the rallies become quicker, his superb footwork allows him to switch to a more neutral posture.

Here are some of the greatest points made by the German! Enjoy the best shots of Dimitrij Ovtcharov!

Spectacular Table Tennis Shots | Dimitrij Ovtcharov 🇩🇪

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Happy Birthday Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Today is the birthday of Dimitrij Ovcharov. One of the best German table tennis players, he is considered the main rival of Chinese table tennis players.

Happy Birthday! Dima!

He is born on 2 September. So here is the list of videos that I made to tribute to him.



Timo Boll vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Who is stronger? Timo Boll or Dimitrij Ovtcharov. They play for the same team, the German Team.

Over the last decade, Ovtcharov’s accomplishments have been eclipsed by those of his compatriots and fellow Europeans. In contrast to Ovtcharov, Timo Boll had a seven-year advantage and immediately came to prominence in Germany. He was also a huge hit with fans throughout the world.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Dimitrij Ovtcharov

As of 2021 in Warsaw, he has won the European Championships twice. Unfortunately for him, his buddy and comrade Timo Boll once again outplayed him and won the silver medal. Boll would eliminate him again, adding to the lengthy list of matches in which he had been eliminated by Boll.

Timo Boll vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov | FINAL | 2021 European Championships

Timo Boll vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov | FINAL | 2021 European Championships

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Ovtcharov was a teenager when they first met. It’s no wonder that he lost when he faced a colleague he admired. Ultimately, he would go on to lose both of their subsequent encounters. A tight five-set victory for Ovtcharov on the 2008 Pro Tour was just what he needed to avenge his earlier defeat.

Once he got to this point, Ovtcharov started beating Boll more often. He won five straight matches against Timo in 2019, which was a turning moment in his career. As a result of these victories, Boll went on a four-match winning streak of his own, although their most recent matches have been very tight.

Ovtcharov has won 9 times and Boll has won 8 times, respectively.

Based on the head-to-head score, Dimitrij Ovtcharov is stronger than Timo Boll.

Head to Head (by Player) - Timo Boll vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Head to Head (by Player) – Timo Boll vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Dimitrij Ovtcharov is the best European player

He was one of Europe’s best players. In 2013, he earned a gold medal in the team event in addition to his gold medal in the singles competition. On his way to the title, he defeated players of the caliber of Panagiotis Gionis and Vladimir Samsonov, Liam Pitchford, Simon Gauzy, and Marcos Freitas on his way to the 2015 gold medal.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov - equipment and playing style (2)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov – equipment and playing style (2)

With Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharov is the best table tennis player in Europe.

At the European Championships, Ovtcharov won the bulk of his gold medals. From 2007 to 2017, he only missed out on a gold medal three times over this time span. The majority of his medals were earned in the team competition, however, he did take home gold in the singles event twice, in 2013 and 2015.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov’s childhood

Dimitrij Ovtcharov represents Germany, however, he is not a native of Germany. Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv is the place where Ovtcharov was born, in the year 1988. After the Chernobyl tragedy in 1992, his father decided to take his family out of Ukraine and go to Germany.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Dimitrij Ovtcharov

He didn’t know where he was going at the time and ended himself in Germany by chance. Ovtcharov’s father was delighted when he displayed an interest in sports after he had settled in Germany. After receiving significant support from his father, table tennis took center stage in his life. Instead, he was a fan of soccer and other team sports. Because of his father’s passion for table tennis, Ovtcharov was determined to take up the sport. At the height of his career, Ovtcharov’s father was the undisputed Soviet table tennis champion in 1982. It was only natural to share his love of the sport with his son, and Ovtcharov quickly acquired the same enthusiasm for table tennis that his father did.

TSV Schwalbe Tündern was Ovtcharov’s first club, and he joined not long after. It was in this environment that he honed his abilities to an unparalleled degree. As it turned out, his unusual serve was created when he was still with the club until 2007.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov junior career

His first major victory came in the 2002 Youth European Championships. Three years after he finished second in the singles event at the Olympics, he returned to win gold.

At the 2006 World Junior Championships, he made it to the semifinals. Unfortunately, Kenta Matsudaira would remove him. A player who would go on to become one of Japan’s best.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Dimitrij Ovtcharov

At the senior level, Ovtcharov’s first medal came at the 2007 European Championships, when he won bronze in the singles event. Even if he could only earn a bronze, it was still an impressive accomplishment for a 19-year-old.

He was defeated by Timo Boll, a member of his squad and the world’s fourth-ranked player at the moment (and who would win the event).

Given that Ovtcharov was ranked 72nd in the world at the time, it was a huge assignment to face such a talent. However, Timo and the rest of his teammates helped him win gold in the same competition. From then, Ovtcharov’s career would take off.

The following year, Ovtcharov won silver in the team event at the Olympics in Beijing. The renowned trio of Ma Lin, Wang Hao, and Wang Liqin proved too much for the rest of the world. Ovtcharov fell to Hao in three games. China takes a Gold medal, Germany takes the Silver medal.

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