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2016-07-08 19:37:00 CET

Perfect Pool Play for classy Canadians

Sorting the men from the boys in Switzerland

Canadians Saxton/Schalk have been in stunning form in the Alps. Photocredit: Sebastian Marko.Canadians Saxton/Schalk have been in stunning form in the Alps. Photocredit: Sebastian Marko.

After two days of battle on the sand the dust has settled on the men’s Pool Play and we now know who has advanced to the elimination round.

Of all the teams who have qualified automatically to the last 16, none have done so in more style than Poreč Major bronze medalists Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk. They won all three of their pool matches and are the only men’s team not to drop a set yet at the Gstaad Major.

Five more partnerships have also sailed through to the second elimination round with unbeaten records: reigning champions Alison/Bruno, Americans Gibb/Patterson, Spain’s Herrera/Gavira, Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai and Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen. The Mexicans beat Dalhausser/Lucena today which means the Americans will have an extra match to play.

Also going straight into the second knockout round are Brazil’s Pedro Solberg/Evandro and last year’s Gstaad Major bronze medalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen of the Netherlands.

The round of 24 draw also contains the American Crabb brothers and Brazilians Guto/Saymon, two of the lucky losers from the country quota who have made it through the Pool Play.

In total there are four American teams taking part in the first elimination round which kicks off on a stunning Saturday of action which not only includes the women’s final but also the draw for the Olympic Games.

Click here for a full run-down of the men’s knockout round – and don’t forget to tune in on Saturday to every match live on our website.

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