Danish Dynamite: Gemke made Odense Idrætspark explode in excitement with stunning win against ChristieOctober 17, 2019 6:20
With two losses in two games against the sixth seeded Jonatan Christie the chances seemed small for Rasmus Gemke, but he proved us wrong. With a perfect game plan and big support from the home crowd the Dane is now through to the quarter finals.
Rasmus Gemke and Jonatan Christie had faced each other twice this year already with Christie winning both of them. In their third meeting, this time at Gemke’s home ground, things should turn out different. The Danish side had found out exactly how to deal with his opponent and in two games he surprised most people winning 21-17, 23-21.
– It felt very good to see the shuttle go to the ground meaning I won. In the second game I felt the nervousness coming but he was feeling the pressure too, so it was really a really intensive battle, Rasmus Gemke said after his win.
The start of the match was a close affair and the two players followed each other resulting in a 4-4 score after just few minutes of playing. Rasmus had an offensive and aggressive approach which contributed to the good start, but Christie had the solutions. Even though the Dane gathered points he could not prevent the also well playing Christie from going to break with the lead 11-6.
Jonatan Christie, who was sent out of the tournament at this stage last year, could after the break see a determined Gemke pull off some powerful smashes that brought him back into the game now only behind 13-14. It was an intense fight for each point and the crowd was showing great support to the 22-year-old Dane. They got even more ecstatic when they saw him seal the first game fully deserved 21-17 – of course by another great smash.
Gemke and his team seemed to have figured out exactly how to deal with the sixth seeded Indonesian as he continued his impressing playing from the start of the second game. Here the score quickly was 5-1 in Danish favour. But then Christie took charge and went all the way up and took the lead 7-6. Christie continued and at break the scoreboard said 11-8.
After being in control for most of the game, Rasmus now had to be quick and find new solutions to the opponent and he did! He equalized 15-15 and on the way, we saw some great rallies with both of them challenging each other with great placed shots and nice returns. The lead kept changing side and the excitement rose.
– My plan today was to be 100% focused when fighting for every point. Then also take some small breaks at the right moments so I could manage to keep focus. Those things was what I felt were decisive today, Gemke told about his game plan.
The match was 46 minutes old when the first matchpoint was at Gemke’s hands. Unfortunately, his following serve went into the net. With two fast points Christie suddenly stood there with the chance for a third game but neither did he manage to send the serve over the net making it 21-21. Gemke fought on and brought the game to another matchpoint and this time he did not fail. As so often before in the game he sent the shuttle to the ground with very high precision and even though Jonatan Christie crossed his fingers and called for a challenge nothing was to be changed. The second game finished 23-21 and became Gemke’s first ever win against Christie – fully deserved! Tomorrow he will have to perform at least just as good when Kento Momota awaits him.
– I really look forward to the game against Momota. It is the quarter finals at Denmark Open (DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR ed.) and no matter what it is awesome to reach this stage but facing the world’s number one does not make it worse, the Dane said about his next game.