Brazilian stars Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego will take on Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek from Poland. This battle between four Olympic FIVB Heroes should be a true spectacle, as both teams had no problems so far and literally rushed through the first round.
Emanuel and Alison absolutely dominated their match against the Germans Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik, winning 2-0 (21-16, 21-14).
The same was true for Mariusz and Grzegorz. Against Sascha Heyer and Sébastian Chevallier, the Poles didn’t show any weakness to defeat the Swiss 2-0 (21-18, 21-17).
Another all-Olympic FIVB Heroes clash will be held between Reinder Nummerdor and Paolo Nicolai with his partner Daniele Lupo.
In the final sixteen Reinder and his partner Richard Schuil had to prevail against Swiss Olympic FIVB Hero Patrick Heuscher. The experienced Dutchmen were able to win a tight first set, which made things easier to pull through in the second to win it 2-0 (22-20, 21-15).
Paolo and Daniele for their part caused the biggest upset in the tournament so far. Against the reigning Olympic champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, the young Italians made the impossible possible. After two sets at an unbelievable level from them, Todd and Phil had to come to terms with the fact that there will be no medal for them in London. The final score was 2-0 (21-17, 21-19).
Like the other teams, Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann didn’t waste any time in winning their first round match. Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins from Latvia were no threat to the Germans. Julius’ and Jonas’ pressure on serve helped them clinch a 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) win. In the quarterfinals they will have to play their best against Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos. The strong Brazilians had already ended the hopes of Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera in round one.
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