2017-07-05 17:57:00 CEST
Result of the day? It has to be this!
If you’re looking for a shock result on the first day of the pool play, look no further because we’ve found it!
It happened on Center Court at 1pm when Olympic and Poreč Major silver medalists Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo took on Qatari qualifiers Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse.
The Italians were in superb form last week on their way to second place in Croatia and all eyes were on the pair in their first match here in the mountains.
It all looked rosy for Daniele and Paolo as they took the first set comfortably, winning 21-13 – but they didn’t bank on a sensational comeback from the Qatari Olympians.
Jefferson and Cherif hit back in style, winning the second set 21-13 and then took a dramatic final set 23-21. The Italians had one chance to win the match but, at the eighth attempt, the Qatari’s sealed victory thanks to Cherif’s block.
It was the pair’s third win in a row in Gstaad after they won two matches in qualification and on Thursday they aim to make the elimination stage when they take on Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb and the Chilean cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt.