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2016-07-10 17:55:00 CET

Americans blown away by Evandro

Silver medalists hail service supremacy

Phil and Nick could not repel Evandro’s monster serve in the final. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Phil and Nick could not repel Evandro’s monster serve in the final. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

Silver medalists Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser held their hands up to the power of Evandro’s serve as the Americans surrendered gold on the sand in Gstaad.

The duo battled all week to reach the final but when it came to meeting Evandro and his partner Pedro Solberg, the smart Major Hamburg winners had no answer to the raw energy of the Brazilians.

“Everyone hates losing but I felt they played well, especially Evandro with his serve,” a disappointed Phil told us. “With that serve there’s not a lot you can do apart from just hope to get it back over the net.

“But that said, losing sucks. Second place sucks. You always want to win and go home with a medal but we go home with silver and a cowbell.

“We battled on Saturday and this morning but unfortunately we didn’t have one last match in us.”

Nick also paid tribute to Evandro, who smashed home six crucial aces in a stunning final which belonged to the Brazilians.

“It was tough and when Evandro gets his serve going he’s one of the best in the world,” he said. “I thought we played okay but Evandro was the difference.

“Winning tournaments is getting harder and harder, so second’s nice and I’ve got my second cowbell. Nobody is going to win every tournament with the way it is at the minute.

“Nobody can work out who is going to win the next competition because of the quality. It could be anyone.”

Every cloud has a silver lining for Phil and Nick. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Every cloud has a silver lining for Phil and Nick. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

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