COPENHAGEN: Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto has been watching video re-runs of his father Icuk beating compatriot Liem Swie King for the world title at Copenhagen countless times.
And the 23-year-old Tommy hoped that at this same city, he would experience a change of fortune in his career – just like how his father did in 1983.
Icuk put up a gallant fight until the last point to beat Swie King for the title.
En route to the final, Icuk had beaten Morten Frost of Denmark and Prakash Padukone of India while Swie King had beaten China’s Han Jian and Chen Changjie.
“I watched this video many times with my father before coming here. My father told me I should use Copenhagen as the launching pad for my career. I promised him that I intend to do it.
“In that match, I saw how my father went the distance in the rubber game. He beat Siew King 17-16 in the decider ... it was that close. I know I have my dad’s fighting spirit in my blood ... I will go all out.”
Tommy is the only representative for Indonesia in the men’s singles after Singapore Open champion Simon Santoso withdrew due to dengue days before the tournament.
“I am carrying the weight of the nation on my shoulder,” said Tommy, who reached the quarter-finals in his debut at the Guangzhou World Championships last year.
The lanky Tommy is in the same half with second seeds Chen Long of China. His first test will be against Commonwealth Games silver medallist Derek Wong of Singapore.