Men's Brazil Open 2004
Salvador, March 16 - 21

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Four Elimination Bracket Wins Friday Net Argentinean Advancement
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 19, 2004 - It was not a direct road to the semi-finals for Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde as the Argentinean won four-straight elimination bracket matches here Friday to advance to the "final four" in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener.

Along with an elimination win Thursday, the 11th-seeded Baracetti and Conde now face top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil in the second of two semi-final matches Saturday morning. Sixth-seeded Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland play fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany in the first semi-final match.

Baracetti and Conde advanced to the "final four" with a 21-15, 18-21 and 15-11 win in 55 minutes over 18th-seeded Francisco Alvarez and Juan Rosell of Cuba, who played one elimination bracket match compared to the Argentineans' five in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open.

"Wow, I am tired and glad this day is over for me," said Baracetti after his seventh match of the tournament. "The Cubans always play us tough. In the end, I think we prevailed with a better service game and some strong hitting."

Baracetti is looking forward to Saturday's match with Emanuel and Ricardo calling the Brazilians "the best team in the world right now. As you can see, no matches are easy out here. We have to be aggressive tomorrow, so we need to get some rest right now."

Alvarez and Rosell, who were playing the Argentineans for the first time since 2002 on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, had two chances for a "final four" spot. Kobel and Heuscher followed Emanuel and Ricardo into the semi-final with a 21-13 and 21-18 win over the Cubans.

Emanuel and Ricardo's semi-final qualifying match was not as easy as the Brazilians recovered from a 21-11 first set defeat to fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany to capture the next two sets 21-11 and 15-11.

In Friday's final match, Dieckmann and Reckermann rebounded from their earlier setback to Emanuel and Ricardo to advance to the "final four" with a 20-22, 21-16 and 15-12 win over Tande Ramos and Franco Neto of Brazil.

"I think our conditioning paid dividends today," said Dieckman. "Our last four matches were three-setters. It's funny that in those four matches, we never won the first set. In this match, we eliminated our first-set mistakes and used our conditioning to win."

With the men playing an international event in Salvador for the first-time, the Brazilian Open Main Draw continues through Sunday on the centre court in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel where the gold medal team shares the $27,000 first-place prize.
Press releases
Date Press release
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Stop Swiss Tandem for Brazilian Open Gold
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo detiene a dupla suiza en la lucha del oro en Abierto Brasileño
21-Mar-2004 La médaille d'Or de l'Open du Brésil aux brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo qui battent le tandem suisse
21-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Hands Bronze Medal to Argentina
21-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da la medalla de bronce a Argentina
21-Mar-2004
20-Mar-2004 Brazil's Emanuel & Ricardo Earn Gold Medal Berth Versus Swiss Duo
20-Mar-2004 Brasileños Emanuel y Ricardo van por el oro ante dupla suiza
20-Mar-2004 Les brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo disputeront la médaille d'Or à la paire suisse
20-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Nets Swiss Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Berth
20-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da a los suizos opción a la medalla de oro
19-Mar-2004 Four Elimination Bracket Wins Friday Net Argentinean Advancement
19-Mar-2004 Argentinos clasifican tras cuatro triunfos en eliminatorias
19-Mar-2004 Quatre victoires consécutives propulsent les Argentins en demi-finale
19-Mar-2004 Top-seeded Brazilians Roar Back Against Germans Enroute to Semis
19-Mar-2004 Brasileños mejor sembrados superan a alemanes y ya están en semifinales
19-Mar-2004
18-Mar-2004 Estonia Team Eliminates Top-Rated Swiss Tandem
18-Mar-2004 Equipo de Estonia elimina a la mejor dupla suiza
18-Mar-2004 Les Estoniens éliminent les vedettes Suisses
18-Mar-2004 Australian & Cuban Teams Challenge Top-seeded Brazilians
18-Mar-2004 Equipos australianos y cubanos desafían a los brasileños número uno
18-Mar-2004 Australiens et Cubains défient les têtes de série Brésilienes
18-Mar-2004 No. 3 & Trying Harder
18-Mar-2004 Not Just in Southern California or Brazil!
17-Mar-2004 Brazilian Open Qualifier Features Upsets
17-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio del Abierto de Brasil arroja derrotas
17-Mar-2004 Tournure étonnante des qualifications au Brésil
16-Mar-2004 Canadian Switch Nets Beach Volleyball Results
16-Mar-2004 Buenos resultados canadienses en el Voleibol de Playa
16-Mar-2004 Bons résultats canadiens en Beachvolley
16-Mar-2004 Brazil, Norway & USA Teams Advance From Salvador Country Quota Playoffs
16-Mar-2004 Brésil, Norvège et Etats-Unis se mettent en avant dans les barrages à Salvador
16-Mar-2004 Equipos de Brasil, Noruega y EE UU avanzan en Salvador en el Playoff de cuota por países
15-Mar-2004 Salvador Beach Volleyball Event Opens Men's Season
15-Mar-2004 Torneo de Voleibol de Playa en Salvador abre la temporada masculina
15-Mar-2004 Ouverture à Salvador du Beach Volleyball masculin


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