2017-07-09 16:13:00 CEST
Lucena/Dalhausser win the golden cowbell
Swiss-born Phil Dalhausser, aka The Thin Beast, is once again the king of the mountains after he and teammate Nick Lucena struck gold and won the USD 600,000 Gstaad Major.
The two 37-year-old Americans won silver at this tournament last year but they went one better this year following a 21-18, 21-19 victory over Polish pair Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak.
Dalhausser, standing at 206 cm tall, was imperious at the net as he used his enormous reach to make four important blocks during the 40-minute victory over the Poles.
Having won the first set 21-18, the Americans threatened to run away with the second set, at one point leading by five points. However, despite a late rally from Kantor and Losiak it was too little too late and The Thin Beast and The Greyhound – that’s Phil and Nick to you and me – held on to clinch a famous win.
The victory gave Dalhausser is fourth golden cowbell following his previous victories in Gstaad, including a memorable World Championships victory in 2007 with former partner Todd Rogers.
In an all-Brazilian bronze medal match, the third-place cowbell went the way of Álvaro De Morais Filho and Saymon Barbosa Santos.
The pair, who won gold at the Fort Lauderdale Major back in February, beat Andre Loyola Stein and Evandro Goncalves Oliveria Junior in straight sets 21-12, 21-18.