Men's competition, Rio de Janeiro
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Olympic Champions Upset in Men's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Event
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 24, 2004 - Ninth-seeded Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva, a qualifier for the US$360,000 Banco do Brasil Open Main Draw, pulled off the upset of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event here Friday morning by defeating Olympic Champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos in an opening winner's bracket match in the third-round.

The 21-18, 16-21 and 15-12 win in 57 minutes marked the second-time in two weeks that Magalhães and Paulo Emilo had defeated the top-ranked team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as they posted a win two weeks ago in a Brazilian domestic event in Brasilia.

"We are playing our best volleyball of the season," said Paulo Emilio, who will be chasing his first international title since winning in Turkey in 1997 with Paulao Moreira. "Obviously, every team gets up when they are playing an Olympic Champion. We figure to see them again in this tournament as they are still the best in the world. I guess we just have their number right now."

With the win, Magalhães and Paulo Emilo face 2004 European Champions Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann for a spot in Saturday's first semi-finals. The fifth-seeded Germans scored a 24-22 and 21-19 win in 52 minutes over fourth-seeded Marcio Araujo and Benjamin Insfran of Brazil in a match of Athens 2004 Olympic teams.

Third-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel, the bronze medallists in Athens, won the All-Switzerland match with Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger by posting a 24-22 and 21-18 win in 45 minutes to advance to the fourth-round of the winner's bracket where they play seventh-seeded Harley Marques and Fred Souza.

Harley and Fred, a "wild card" entrant into the 32-team double-elimination Main Draw, scored the third upset in Friday's opening matches by scoring a 21-16 and 21-19 win in 49 minutes over second-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos in another All-Brazilian confrontation.

Emanuel and Ricardo now must win three elimination matches to reach Satiurday's "final four" matches. The top-seeded Brazilians will play either 14th-seeded Mariano Baracetti/Pedro Ramon Depiaggio of Argentina or 21st-seeded Jochem DeGruijter/Gijs Ronnes of the Netherlands.

Winning elimination matches on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour is not unusual for Emanuel and Ricardo as the pair won five contender's bracket matches enroute to the Poland title in mid-July and three more contender's meetings at the end of July to capture the Austrian championship.

A mixed gender stop, the Banco do Brasil Open is the final event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The women's semi-finals will be played Friday afternoon with four Brazilian teams in the "final four." The men's medal matches end the event Sunday on Copacabana Beach.