2018-07-14 10:54:00 CEST

Spaniards aiming for ‘special’ gold

Experienced duo Herrera/Gavira are one win from their first Major gold

Herrera/Gavira are in their first Major Series finalHerrera/Gavira are in their first Major Series final

Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira were already having a special week in Gstaad as the veterans reached 100 World Tour tournaments together in the Swiss Alps. The Spanish, however, took another step forward and gifted themselves with a gold medal match appearance, their first-ever in the Beach Major Series, and a shot at the iconic Gstaad cowbells.

Herrera and Gavira, who have been playing together since 2009, prevailed in a tough semifinal battle against Rio 2016 silver medalists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai to top the Italians in two sets (30-28, 21-18) and book their ways in to the final in Gstaad.

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“It’s been a great tournament for us here,” Gavira said. “Just being our 100th tournament together is so special. We’ve been like family since the start and keep the same way, always working together and working hard. We’re in a good moment and want to enjoy it, so we’re going to fight for this gold medal.

“It’s a special moment for us and we have to enjoy it. We’ve been playing together for 10 years and we’re playing now better than we ever have done. We won our first ever medal together here in Gstaad [bronze] in 2009. Now we hope to have a gold one and a first Major Series medal.”

Pablo added: “We have some hours to rest and prepare and they will be important. We’ve practiced with the Norwegians in Tenerife and are looking forward to play them in the final.”

The final between the duo and Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum will take place at 6.30pm CET – a game you can watch live on BeachStream.

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