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2016-07-10 17:12:00 CET

Gstaad moves to the samba beat

Brazilians too hot for the Americans to handle

Number 1! Pedro (left) and Evandro are all smiles in Gstaad. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Number 1! Pedro (left) and Evandro are all smiles in Gstaad. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

The Swiss Alps are a long, long way from the Copacabana but for the second year running Gstaad moved to a samba beat as Evandro and Pedro Solberg thrashed Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser to win the Gstaad Major.

Last year the men’s and women’s gold medals both went to Brazil and it was a repeat this time around as Evandro/Pedro powered to a scintillating straight sets victory.

Pedro told us before that he felt this team were in good form and his words certainly rang true in a superb first set worthy of any final.

The Americans’ early initiative was blown away by the powerful serving of Evandro. The competition’s best server rattled off two successive aces in the first set and after that the Brazilians never looked back.

However, with Dalhausser’s experience and height and Lucena’s nimble defensive work and agility around the court you can never rule out the Americans, and they battled back to deny the Brazilians set point.

But it was only a short reprieve as Evandro/Pedro took the lead, 24-22.

Just like in the first set, the Americans began well only to buckle under the pressure of Evandro’s giant serve and Pedro’s power at the net.

Fabulous points were traded between both sets of players but slowly and surely the Brazilians began to turn the screw.

Evandro got a big slice of luck on serve to make it 15-11 but after a US timeout the Brazilians kept up the heat and another ace from the big man made it 19-14.

And after a Dalhausser challenge was ruled in favor of the Brazilians, the South Americans were left to celebrate only their second gold medal as a team.

So now they’ve added a cowbell to their sword from Stavanger!

Congratulations boys!

Evandro rises highest in Gstaad. Photocredit: Armin Walcher.Evandro rises highest in Gstaad. Photocredit: Armin Walcher.

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