2017-07-07 15:31:00 CEST
Anniversary of Gstaad tournaments brings up the big 50
Former Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser celebrated his 10th visit to Gstaad by bringing up a half-century of victories in his homeland.
The Swiss-born American has played more tournaments in Gstaad than any other male player and the 2008 Olympic gold medalist won his 50th match here when he and Nick Lucena beat countrymen Theo Bruner and Casey Patterson on Friday.
The straight sets win secured the pair, who won silver here last season, top spot in Pool C and meant their opponents’ run in the competition to an end.
The Thin Beast has twice won gold here in the mountains, including the 2007 World Championship title with Todd Rogers and now he and Lucena have their sights on a game in the last 16 on Saturday.
Dalhausser and Lucena topped the pool, beating Austrians Doppler/Horst and fellow Americans Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb.
Elsewhere in the final men’s pool play matches, Fort Lauderdale Major champions Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa booked their ticket to the last 16, as did Canadians Pedlow/Schachter and Norwegians youngsters Sørum/Mol.