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Men's German Open 2001  
Berlin, 27 June - 1 July
Australian's Prosser/Zahner  win their first FIVB tournament!

Berlin - 1 July, Perennial World Tour veterans from 'downunder', Julien Prosser and Lee Zahner, claimed their first World Tour victory today.

The Australians first surprised and delighted the packed stadium by defeating the top seeded Emanuel/Tande (BRA) in the semifinal 3-1 (28:26,14:21, 15:11), then came up against the determined Swiss pairing of Paul and Martin Laciga - who had made, but lost, the last two World Tour finals.

In a nerve-racking and often fiery three-set encounter, the Australians kept their cool to come from behind to win the day 2-1 (18:21, 28:26 , 22:20). Although the Swiss team had 6 match balls in the second set they lost it finally due to a red card against Martin Laciga for pulling down the net in anger. 

The Swiss team of Kober/Heuscher presented themselves as fearless opponents against the much favoured Brazilian team of Emanuel/Tande in the playoff for third place. In the end however the Brazilians won by two sets (21:16, 21:18)

Berlin again turned on a great show with 32.000 spectators turning up to support the event.