2016-07-10 12:36:00 CET
Watch out USA – the Brazilians are coming
Brilliant Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Evandro have laid down the gauntlet in the Alps ahead of the final of the Gstaad Major.
The stars from South America made it through to the grand finale following a thumping victory over Spain’s experienced duo Herrera/Gavira in the semifinal in front of a packed Center Court on Sunday morning.
Now the duo play favorites Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena with the Americans aiming for a second Major Series gold medal of the season.
“The last time we played them was in Maceió in the gold medal match,” explained Pedro. “It wasn’t a very good match for either team, neither of us played that great but they knew how to win.
“But we’re in better shape now. It’s our time!”
Pedro, who won here in Gstaad before in 2008 with former partner Harley Marques, said their semifinal win over the Spaniards was their best performance yet.
“That’s definitely the best we have played so far,” he told us. “We played well against the Latvians in the Pool Play but today was definitely better. We sided-out way better – much better than any other match. In the quarterfinal we were good but it was up and down. Today was much more consistent and a great score.”
The one-sided victory means there is a Brazilian team in the final for the third year running but can Pedro and Evandro emulate Alison/Bruno’s win of 12 months ago?
“I won here in 2008 and that was a long time ago – I can’t wait to win again!” laughed Pedro. “But it’s becoming harder and harder to reach finals because the level is so high.
“You used to see the same teams in the finals all the time but that’s not the case anymore.
“Alison/Bruno have done better than anyone else, and for me they are the best team, but that doesn’t mean they are favorites at every tournament. They can lose to great teams that aren’t even at the Olympics.”
Losers Herrera/Gavira face Samoilovs/Smedins in the bronze medal match at 14:00 CET before the final at 15:00 CET. And you can watch both matches – the final two of this wonderful tournament – on our live stream.
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