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2017-07-07 17:14:00 CET

Swiss so close to shocking Olympic champs

Krattiger/Beeler live to fight another day at Gstaad Major

Marco and Nico are through to the knockout rounds at Gstaad Major.Marco and Nico are through to the knockout rounds at Gstaad Major.

Birthday boy Marco Krattiger and his partner Nico Beeler almost toppled Olympic champs Alison/Bruno – but even though they lost they could still celebrate staying in the Gstaad Major for another day.

Yesterday Krattiger, who turned 23 today, told the Brazilians they would need to bring A game against the Swiss on Center Court.

And the reigning Swatch World Tour Finals champions had to dig deep to keep themselves in the competition.

The Swiss boys ripped into their more illustrious opponents racing into a 1-0 lead with a 21-19 first-set score.

Clearly frustrated by their first set performance, Alison and Bruno hit back in style, winning nine of the first 10 points on their way to levelling the score with a 21-11 second set.

The deciding set was more competitive as Marco and Nico went in search of recording what would have been a brilliant win – only for the Brazilians to pull out all the stops to finally see off the Swiss challenge, winning 15-10.

The result, allied with Cubans Diaz/Gonzalez’s win over Canada’s Plantinga/O’Gorman, sent both the Swiss and the Brazilians through. The impressive Caribbean team flew straight through to the last 16.

It was a better today for Olympic silver medalists Lupo/Nicolai, who battled to a vital 2-1 win over Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb. The Italians were staring shock pool play elimination in the face but managed to raise their game and win a dramatic final set 16-14.

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