2018-08-02 12:26:00 CEST
The Brazilians have now won four in a row in Vienna
The A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch started on Monday and since then Ricardo Santos and Guto Carvalhaes had a victory to celebrate every single day. The Brazilians, who started the tournament on country-quota, reached their fourth consecutive triumph at the Danube Island on Thursday in an-all Brazilian match.
Guto and Ricardo, the 21st-seeded team in the Vienna Major, started their main draw campaign against fellow Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Bruno Schmidt and came out on top in the 61-minute, three-set (18-21, 21-13, 15-12) battle.
“We’re on a roll,” Guto celebrated. “We’re the only team with four matches so far and there are pros and cons on it. We obviously have better rhythm, but we need to be smart to keep our energy level high. We just got to keep going.”
The 24-year-old defender and the 43-year-old legendary blocker were trailing for the first time in the week after they lost the first set, but they adjusted their strategy against Pedro and Bruno, who was drained by the hot weather in Vienna and called a timeout at the start of the third set, and turned things around.
The triumph was doubly important for the Espinho four-star silver medalists, who are looking for a place among the top three teams of their country, which would spare them from playing country-quota and qualification games in every tournament.
“They won the first set by details,” Guto added. “We adjusted a few things and came up with a better strategy and it worked. These matches against the Brazilians are very important for us because all teams are around the same range of entry points, so we knew it was a crucial game and I’m glad we won it.”
Guto and Ricardo will try to continue their winning run in Vienna in their second match in the main draw, later this Thursday, when they will face Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, who debuted with a straight-set victory (21-16, 21-14) over the Chilean Grimalt cousins. The winner will finish first on Pool E and advance directly to the Round of 16.
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