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2016-07-10 11:23:00 CET

Duo eye Major double

Can Dalhausser and Lucena claim another Major gold?

The American dream lives on for Dalhausser/Lucena. Martin Steinthaler.The American dream lives on for Dalhausser/Lucena. Martin Steinthaler.

American superstars Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have eyes on becoming the first team this year to win a second Major or Grand Slam title.

And if their clinical performance against in-form Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins was anything to go by then you wouldn’t bet against it at the Gstaad Major.

The duo had to battle through the first round of elimination to reach the final but after storming to gold at the smart Major Hamburg, they are confident of another gold to add to their collection – and a cowbell!

“This year the tour is the deepest I’ve ever seen,” Dalhausser admitted to us afterwards. “Out of the teams that have won Grand Slams and Majors no team has more than once this year so hopefully we can be the first to win two. It shows every week that someone else is winning.

“You could argue that Aleksandrs and Janis have been playing the best of anyone recently but in this day and age there are so many darn good teams, which means it’s a good win for us.”

Lucena and Dalhausser were knocked out of the Poreč Major in the quarterfinals and have had to fight tooth and nail here in the mountains to reach the grand finale.

“It’s been a grind, we’ve had to grovel through,” said Nick. “The level is so high and we’ve been groveling through two years straight of playing – it’s tough.

“We’re hoping to get another great win. Janis and Aleksandrs have been playing great so to get a win over them is special.”

The Americans will face either Spain’s Herrera/Gavira or Pedro Solberg/Evandro in the final which takes place on Center Court at 15:00 CET.

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