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2016-07-08 17:16:00 CET

The sole spot of Swiss success

Home side’s last remaining hope in Gstaad

The sole remaining Swiss team in action today against the European champions. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.The sole remaining Swiss team in action today against the European champions. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

There might have been disappointment for Swiss fans on Center Court today but there were two shining lights: Nico Beeler and Alexei Strasser.

The pair are the only men’s team from the home country to make it through to the elimination round thanks to their win over Norwegians Hordvik/Usken yesterday.

And, although they lost to European Champions Lupo/Nicolai this morning, Beeler was beaming with pride to make it through to the weekend.

“They are strong opponents, they are European champions after all,” said the 23-year-old. “Against these teams you can lose and we knew we needed to win one game out of the other two – and that’s what we did. We’re happy because we made it with a nice points ratio.”

Of course success here in the Alps is of major importance to all Swiss players, especially for Beeler who exited the competition at the Pool Play stage here 12 months ago.

“I’ll enjoy the extra time with family and friends,” he said. “A home tour is always special. It’s the first time I’ve reached the elimination round in Gstaad and that makes it special and I’m really happy about that.

“We’ll try to play our best and we’ll see. Every game for me has been similar – it’s only my second year on the tour and I am learning from every game.”

The last remaining hope for Switzerland, Gabathuler/Gerson went out in cruel fashion on Center Court in their last Pool match, losing in three sets to Polish pair Kadziola/Szalankiewicz – but more on that later.

Pool Play comes to a close later this evening for the men with the draw for the elimination round taking place. Stay tuned and remember to keep watching our live stream!

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