Men's China Open 2004
Lianyungang, May 19-23

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Ricardo and Emanuel Seek Revenge Over Spaniards in China Open Final
LIANYUNGANG, China, May 23, 2004 - Top seeds and world No. 1 tandem Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego beat compatriots Pedro Cunha and Rogerio Para in straight sets to earn an opportunity to seek revenge on Spaniards Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera in the final of the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Men's China Open.

Ricardo and Emanuel ended the six-match winning streak of Cunha and Para, who needed two victories to qualify for the Main Draw, at the coastal town of Lianyungang with the 21-14 and 28-26 victory in the all-Brazilian semi-final Sunday morning.

Seeded 12th in the 32-team Main Draw, Bosma and Herrera bettered tenth seeds Todd Rogers and Sean Scott of the United States 21-17, 21-18 earlier on Sunday for their fifth win in a row and first World Tour final together.

Cunha and Para scored two come-from-behind victories on Saturday, but could not repeat the feat against the 2003 FIVB World Champions Ricardo and Emanuel.

"I am surprised by their (Cunha and Para) performance, they have been playing very well this week in the China Open." said Emanuel. "I think they are going to be a great team."

Ricardo and Emanuel, who won the season opener in Salvador, lost to Bosma and Herrera in Saturday's fourth round of the winner's bracket, but they were confident of the final rematch set for Sunday afternoon.

"They are playing their best tournament, I saw them play very well in the semi-finals, but we have a lot of experience in the finals," said Emanuel.

Emanuel and Ricardo have lost only one of their seven gold medal finals since forming their partnership at the end of the 2002 season.

Bosma and Herrera vowed to do their best to upset the world champions again.

"Anything could happen," Bosma said. "We need our best to beat them again."

"I think they are the best team in the world," he added. "We beat them yesterday because we were playing our best."

Bosma and Herrera, who teamed up since last season, are playing in their seventh World Tour event together.