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

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Brazil's Emanuel & Ricardo Earn Gold Medal Berth Versus Swiss Duo
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 20, 2004 - Argentina's Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde had their chance against top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, but the Brazilians rebounded from a first set defeat here Saturday morning to capture the Beach Volleyball semi-final match in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open here Saturday morning.

Played in near 90F temperatures with the humidity over 60 percent, the 61-minute match saw the Brazilians advance to Sunday morning's gold medal final against Switzerland with a 19-21, 21-18 and 15-9 win over Baracetti and Conde, who had to win five elimination matches Thursday and Friday to advance to the semi-finals.

The reoccurrence of an abdominal strain sidelined Markus Dieckmann of Germany from Saturday's first semi-final match where he and Jonas Reckermann had to forfeit to sixth-seeded Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland.

After seeing the first set tied seven times, Baracetti and Conde grabbed the lead for good with a side out and a point on serve at 12-11. The second set was tied five times with the Brazilians take the lead for good with a side out and ace by Emanuel at 19-17. The third set was not close as the Brazilians scored nine points on serve and led 8-1 and 13-5.

While Baracetti was blaming himself for doing "it wrong in the third set my using his power instead of thinking," Ricardo felt his back problems were "breaking" his concentration during the match. However, the tall Brazilian felt playing Saturday will be an advantage against the Swiss Sunday since his team "hasn't lost our rhythm."

Emanuel noted that the opposition "always start each match at full pace" while his team attempts to stay focus for the long haul. "Baracetti and Conde played well at the start today, but the difference was we started to increase our intensity level as the match progress, while they get weaker and started making mistakes at the start of the third set."

Entering the men's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener as the top-ranked team in the world, Emanuel and Ricardo will be looking for their first-ever win over the Swiss tandem. Kobel and Heuscher defeated the Brazilians twice last season with wins in Switzerland (June 20, 16-21, 21-18 and 15-13) and Austria (August 2, 17-21, 21-13 and 15-13).

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
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
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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