|Dimitrij Ovtcharov into the final 4|
It was Ovtcharov that took the early lead, though both of the first two sets were close, the first 11-8 and the second going to deuce and ending two points later, 12-10 for the Germany. That gave the last hope for Germany a 2-0 lead. What happened next was quite remarkable. Maze hit back strong and took the next set 11-1, a surprising result for fans on site and a ridiculous margin to come back on. This changed the momentum in the match, it was 2-1.
The next two sets were a battle of will and it came down to the crucial point at the end of both sets, they were both 11-9 and both fell in favour of the Danish player. He had come back from 2-0 down to now lead 3-2. Maze just one set away from an appearance in the semifinals of the Olympics and Ovtcharov having to fight to remain in the match. Ovtcharov was the one who came back with confidence, his usually class on both wings was prominent and he took the 6th set 11-6, setting up for a 7th set showdown.
Maze didn't let up, towards the end of the set he held the lead, but it was not to be. Maze fans were probably jumping out of their seats as the champion who fell off the radar came back to shock everyone at the Olympics. He held a lead at 8-7 but Ovtcharov was too strong in the very last points of the match and was victorious 11-9.