Serbia Montenegro Men's Open, Budva
From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Brazil take on Germany in Budva final
Budva, Serbia and Montenegro, May 30, 2004 - Ricardo and Emanuel of Brazil will face Germany's Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann in the final of the Swatch - FIVB World Tour Open event in Budva on Sunday.

The Brazilians powered past Swiss pair Patrick Heuscher and Stefan "Kobi" Kobel in straight sets (21-14, 21-16) while Dieckmann-Reckermann downed Estonians Kristjan Kais and Rivo Vesik also in straight sets (21-16, 21-16).

Speaking about the game afterwards, Markus Dieckmann described the key to his team's success. "I think we put a lot of pressure on our opponents. When Jonas is serving the way he was today and when we have a very good block and defence game we can work pretty well." Refering to his team's chances in the final Reckermann added, "We know we can beat them (Ricardo and Emanuel), we can beat any team in the world. We will really have to play at one-hundred percent but we will try our best."

Rivo Vesik meanwhile spoke about his side's difficulties during the game. "We don't feel comfortable playing against them maybe because we always lose to them," he said. "They played a lot better than us today and we made many mistakes becuase we have been playing so much in the past couple of days. Also, Kristjan is feeling a little unwell with stomach problems so that didn't help. But we are not disappointed, it's really good to have come so far here and even if we get fourth place we will be happy."

Brazil's Ricardo and Emanuel had no such problems on their march to the final and Emanuel was especilly happy with the team's high work rate during the semi-final against Heuscher and Kobel. "I think in this semi-final we had to concentrate a lot more because we know this team have a very good defensive game," the Brazilian stated. "We progressed with our serving and worked a lot on our defence, especially in the second set and we tried to force mistakes from the other side. We are very confident at the moment because we have been playing well all weekend."