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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: ThoMats #8 | Table Tennis Challenge w/ Timo Boll | Müller vs. Hummels

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I am here at the new FC Bayern office block at Säbener, and it just so happens that

Thomas is here as well.

You called me out here.

Whats so urgent?

Its been a while, but its time once again.

Thats right.

A ThoMats Challenge.

I had to wait a long time for your invitation.

It took me a while to come up with an idea, but youre gonna like it.

I thought of something very special.

I noticed that you had been practising table tennis on holiday.

Yes thats right.

Before that I was much better, it wouldnt have even been a contest,

but now with the training behind you we could potentially be at a similar level.

So I came up with something special for us to do.

Now thats a surprise...

Well who do we have here?

Timo Boll, hey, hows it going.

Now then, lets see what weve got.

Were glad you made it.

Were obviously taking the opportunity to warm up a bit so that

Timo can get a feel for what Thomas and I are capable of.

You thought you had him.

You thought youd got him then.

Ive noticed youre trying to make me play long forehands.

Yeah he knows what hes doing.

He studied tactics.

Now this is getting frustrating.

Now then, time for the serves ladies and gentlemen.

Five serves from Timo Boll.

Mats, if you manage to return one I give you a point here.

I only have to return it.

Yep, only return it.

Im going to say youll get two.

Well start with backspin.

I have no idea what happened there.

Ah okay, zero for backspin.

Thats not one of my strengths.

Now for a simple under-cut.

That would have been a tough one to return as well.

Very good.

He let that one through on purpose.

Now its time for the snake-serve.

Time for the Boa.

Ooh very good!

Yeah, amazing.

Well read.

Two points and one more serve to come.

Just hit it, cant go wrong.

Two was a good prediction.

Müller can cope with the sliced serves a bit better than me.

I need to make a prediction as well.

Twos always a solid guess.

Im just considering giving you a third.

Ill give you a third.

Well see.

Ill try and prevent that.

That was very close.

Clearly out.

I only have to get it back to the other side

thats the good thing.

Shame, that was close.

Ah now youre getting unlucky,

thats annoying.

Yeah I can see that too.

Wipe off that nervous sweat.

Oops, that one doesnt count.

Second serve.

If you say so.

Ill just correct this.

Tough one.

Now Ill give you the so-calledKick Serve“.

Im not returning anything.

Thats what I like to see.

Come on now, keep that clean sheet.

Oh yes.


Im being too defensive,

I just need to go towards it.

Very good.

Thank you very much.

I read one well and Ive got no idea what you did.

2-0, thats a clear win.

Now were going to do Around the Table.

Everyone familiar?

With Timo though,

and Timo is just going to act as a sparring partner.

He wont be playing for a score,

just me and Thomas.

The first to make five mistakes or concede five points loses and the other player wins.

Thats part two of the challenge.

Right then, off we go.

Come on.

Wait, you go before me,

then Im playing it at you.

You serve

and we keep alternating.

Okay, we start on zero.



Referees involved.

That was my serve.

Got nervous.


Im serving.

Yep. Good point.

Now we have to do a lot of running.

Ooh that was on a plate as well.

Too eager.

2-1 Müller.

Im an attacking player when it comes to table tennis.

I compensate for the things Im not allowed to do on the football pitch.

Ooh that was harsh.

First serve?

First serve.

Yep, that was a mistake.


With the flow.

Ahh Mats, stay calm.

3-2 Müller

Very impatient.


Argh, Im putting them all wide.


Wait, now you have to serve at Thomas again.

Thank God!


Now that was a close one.

Now to me again.

Oh yes!

Now for the win!


Am I receiving the serve from him?

Doesnt matter.

Whatever you like.

This is going to be a risky one.

Wheres he gone now?


Its like in tennis

up to a certain standard the player who makes the fewest mistakes wins.

Thats very true.

Got too cocky towards the end.

Yeah but I like that about you.

So, after Thomas Müller unfortunately won that round, its now 1-1

and we need a decider.

For this, were going back to basics:

1v1, first to 11

between me and Thomas.

Old school ThoMats if you like.

Alternating with two serves each unless it gets to 10-all when it would just be one serve

and you can only win with a two-point lead.

Thats all.

Good luck.


and to you!

Its all different now,

I need to adjust first.

Two serves each.


Ah come on now!


Like I said this wont be a good game for the spectators.



Ive always got a bit of a jittery wrist.

Yeah what can I say?



Not really getting any rallies here.



Throw it a bit higher.


so did that count?

Thats the first warning.

He always does that.

You have to throw it higher






Müllers serve.

Ah man!

Yeah thats my secret weapon,

the quick shots.



Just follow through with the shot man!

That was the best rally so far.

We wont do a better one,

lets just settle for a draw now.



Some sayunlucky”, the others sayimportant”.

You alright? Or do we need to call the doctor?

Just because I took the mick.

Equaliser. Six all.

Nice smash.

3 shots onto the edge and its a penalty or whats the rule?

Ill take that.

Well done.



Backhand whip.



Just too timid there.

Its much worse when you dont follow through.

Just holding it up is stupid.

Eight all.






Its in my hands now.

Match point Müller,



Nerves got to you.


A ball please, referee.

Thank you.

Thanks ref.

Very kind of you.

Ooh look its signed as well.

Nooo! Hes pulled it back.


sorry, a towel please.

I spat.

What do they always shout?



11 all.

Oh yes.

Come on!

Match point Hummels.

Here, signed ball.

Could have been read better.

Ohhh come back.

12 all.

No! Thats a sorry shot.

13-12. Match point again.

13 all.

Its only to 11 yeah not 21.

This is a quality game!

I dont believe it!




I didnt think that was going to creep over then.

Just return it man!

14 apiece.

Weve got it! Now weve got it!


You can always take a timeout

to refresh your concentration.


How long does that take?

One minute.

If you take a timeout for one minute now...


Can someone take a time-in whenever as well?

God were annoying.

It really messes with you.


Its Cobra time,

watch out!

Cobras done it! The Cobra has done it!

His 16th serve and hes gone rogue.

Thanks Mats, it was a close game.

It wasnt a good standard but it was close.

Thank you.


thanks for the timeout.

I dont think you know how annoyed I am.

17-15 though,

we should really play another set or two.

Thats all from todays ThoMats Challenge

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