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

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Emanuel & Ricardo Stop Swiss Tandem for Brazilian Open Gold
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 21, 2004 - For the third-straight time on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos have captured the gold medal as the top-seeded team defeated Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland in the finals of the US$180,000 Brazilian Open.

Emanuel and Ricardo, who captured the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour's final two events in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, scored a 21-19 and 21-18 win over the sixth-seeded Kobel and Heuscher to claim the $27,000 first-place prize. For their silver medal finish, the Swiss split $18,000 for their best finish-ever in a FIVB "open" event.

"We played well, but the Brazilians were even better," said Heuscher after the match. "It is great to play before this crowd. Their service game was the difference at the end of the second set while they both had some key blocks."

Played before a jam-packed centre court crowd of more than 4,000 in front of the at the Catussaba Resort Hotel, Emanuel and Ricardo never trailed in the 22-minute first set as they had leads of 5-2, 7-3, 13-8 and 15-9 before the Swiss used a 5-1 run to make it 20-19.

In the 21-minute second set, the Swiss tandem raced to a 6-1 lead by scoring four points on their serve. Emanuel and Ricardo caught Kobel and Heuscher at 10-10 as the match was tied seven more times. After being tied at 18, the Brazilians scored the final three points, including the final score on an Emanuel serve that fell in front of the diving Swiss.

"You should never lose a set when you jump to a quick lead like we did in the second game," said Heuscher, who was the SWATCH fastest serve winner at 90.1 kph. "Despite losing, we are really satisfied with our play this week. This is my far our best tournament ever. We beat some quality teams and earned this medal."

In defeating the Swiss team for the first-time in three matches, Sunday's win also marked the six SWATCH-FIVB World Tour title for the Emanuel/Ricardo partnership in 13 international starts. The Rio win also claimed the FIVB World Championship for the Brazilians who formed their partnership at the end of the 2002 season.

"These tournaments are getting tougher and tougher," said Emanuel. "The Swiss never gave up despite trailing throughout. They jumped on us early in the second set and we found ourselves fortunate to get back to even at the mid-way point. In the end, we served well to put points on the board."

SWATCH FASTEST SERVE - Patrick Heuscher, Switzerland, 90.1 kph in first set Sunday
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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