2018-07-12 07:00:00 CEST

Three win-or-go-home men’s matches to watch

With some of the favorites facing risk of early exits, the second day In Gstaad will start at full pace

Brazilians Alison and Andre will try to bounce back against the LatviansBrazilians Alison and Andre will try to bounce back against the Latvians

The second day of the Swatch Major Gstaad could very well be the last one for a handful of high-seeded men’s teams who faced early setbacks in the tournament and now play to avoid elimination in the Swiss Alps. Because of that, it will be a nerve-wrecking morning in the peaceful Gstaad and here are the matches you should follow closely.


Who? Alison/Andre v Plavins/Tocs

Where? Court 3

When? 9:00 CEST

Why? The second-seeded Brazilians were caught off-guard by Italian qualifiers Tiziando Andreatta and Andrea Abbiati and now have no other option than winning, but they will have to play at their best to beat the tough Latvians, who took Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum to three sets on their debut and also play for their survival in Gstaad.


Who? Lupo/Nicolai v Bergmann/Harms

Where? Court 2

When? 9:00 CEST

Why? The Italians were drawn in to a tough pool and they couldn’t get past Americans Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb in their opening match. It was the same for the German qualifiers, who couldn’t handle USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the reigning Gstaad champions, and now play for lives against the Olympic silver medalists.


Who? Doppler/Horst v Liamin/Krasilnikov

Where? Court 2

When? 10:00 CEST

Why? One of the two medalists of last year’s World Championships will have to settle for an early and frustrating exit in the Swiss Alps, but the Austrians, who lost in three sets to Belgians Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle, and the Russians, who were topped by Qatari Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse, will give all they have to avoid it. To increase the drama, the series between them is tied at 2-2.

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