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2016-07-09 11:27:00 CET

Swiss boys' quarterfinal quest

Bring on Brazil say local heroes

How far can the home boys go today? Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.How far can the home boys go today? Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

Nico Beeler’s reaction on our Snapchat channel said it all.

“Woohoooo! We’re in the next round!” he screamed.

But his partner Alexei Strasser has one eye on reaching the quarterfinals of the Gstaad Major after the Swiss team cruised to a stunning early victory on Center Court.

It might have been 10 o’clock in the morning but the Gstaadium was absolutely packed to see the last remaining partnership from Switzerland make mincemeat of Germans Windscheif/Holler in the first elimination round.

With the backing of a big crowd on home sand, Strasser told us how important those fans are to his team’s chances of going even further in the tournament.

“You feel the fans with you, and the longer the sets go on the more you feel it,” Strasser said. “You never lose energy or mental focus when there’s such a great home crowd.

“It would be fantastic to get another win. In Majors and Grand Slams we’ve had a couple of ninth place finishes, but never a fifth or further – and that is now a big goal for us. Let’s wee where it takes us.”

The Swiss go head-to-head with Olympic-bound Brazilians Evandro/Pedro in the next round aiming to add to their winning record against them.

“They have the best server in the world by far so we need to be ready. Overall we’re leading 2-1 in games but if they are on fire they are hard to beat.”

The Swiss were one of eight teams who booked a place in the last 16 with victories this morning at the Gstaad Major.

Among them were both lucky losers from the country quota – the US’s Crabb brothers and Guto/Saymon of Brazil.

Americans Dalhausser/Lucena, winners of our smart Major Hamburg also made it through.

The draw for the second elimination round is now complete…click here to view it in all its glory! The teams begin their quest for a quarterfinal place at 12:45 CET.

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