What are your most cherished memories from the European Championships in 2018?
The last ball of the European ¼ final match against Samsonov when I realised I had won and made the Semi Finals! This is a moment that I will never forget and the memory gives me lots of energy and strength!
What are your greatest attributes as a player/competitor?
I believe my fighting spirit is the best attribute I have. My philosophy is to always practice hard and to never give up! When you are winning, everything is perfect but the biggest strengths come from dealing with defeats, how you cope and what you learn from matches you lost.
Your game style is incredibly exciting and fast paced, is this something you have always worked on in practice?
I always try to improve the technique in all areas of my game, my strengths as well as my weaker ones. Also, one area I always try to constantly develop is my speed!
You also have a great variety of serves, how often did you practice serves when you were younger?
I firmly believe that a lot starts from the service so I have always focused on improving this area of my game. Maybe not so much when I was younger but more in the last 5-10 years!
What are your favourite 2 drills?
My favourite drill is Falkenberg and my second favourite is free against backhand as you must always be ready and keep the body in good balance!
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Do you have any routines/tools to help you deal with pressure?
I think every player has his own personal routines/tricks that help to deal with pressure.
Finally, can you give two tips to any aspiring young Table Tennis players out there?
Keep dreaming big because I can tell you from my own personal experience that dreams do come true! Also, you have to always enter the hall with joy, to feel safe there and to have the trust in their coaches.