2017-07-06 09:45:00 CEST

Beeler aiming for bouncebackability

Swiss men hoping to put Wednesday defeat behind them

Nico Beeler is hoping for a better result on Thursday.Nico Beeler is hoping for a better result on Thursday.

Switzerland’s Nico Beeler was disappointed that he and partner Marco Krattiger’s first game of this year’s Gstaad Major ended in defeat.

The young duo are flying the Swiss flag this week with expectation high following their superb fourth-placed finish in The Hague tournament last month and a ninth-place at the Fort Lauderdale Major in February.

But the pair lost their opening match to highly-rated Cubans Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez in straight sets on Wednesday night 17-21, 19-21 on Center Court.

“We made too many mistakes, too many easy mistakes and I think we could have easily won if we had played our good game,” said 24-year-old Beeler. “It’s always disappointing to lose the first match, especially in front of our home fans.”

Beeler and Krattiger now face an uphill struggle in their bid to reach the knockout stages with tough matches against Canadians Plantinga/O’Gorman today and Olympic champions Alison/Bruno on Friday.

“If we play our best then anything is possible,” said Beeler. “If we play like I know we can, do the standard that we can we can move towards single elimination – that’s the goal.

“We have to refocus and have fun. We need to enjoy playing beach volleyball and enjoy the crowd and smile – and that’s not what we did against the Cubans.”

Nico and Marco will go into today’s game against O’Gorman/Plantinga knowing they won their one and only meeting with the Canadians – having won in straight sets in The Hague.

The Pool I clash begins on Center Court at 1pm CET – and you can watch it live on BeachStream.

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