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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2011

Moscow Grand Slam | Men
  12/07/2011 - 17/07/2011

 
PRESS RELEASE
Brazil and Germany rule in men’s Moscow Grand Slam

Russia's Yaroslav Koshkarev (photo) and Konstantin Semenov reached the second round of single elimination
     
 
Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2011 – Brazil and Germany both advanced four teams to the second elimination round at the 2011 FIVB Swatch Moscow Grand Slam. The other eight teams playing for a spot in the quarterfinals on Saturday in the historical heart of the Russian capital come from Australia, China, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, USA and Russia.

Brazil traditionally has a lot of teams in the top sixteen in World Tour events, but the German teams are also doing well for the past few years. “We had a strong national tour a few years ago. That resulted in a wide and strong selection of players”, Eric Koreng explained. Sixth seeded Koreng and David Klemperer reached the second elimination round by defeating Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the first knockout round on Friday. Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif, who came from the country quota, and Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik also advanced on Friday to the second knockout round after a victory in the first. Second seeded and last year’s bronze medallists Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann are the fourth German team. They earned a bye in the first round as they finished as pool winners Friday morning after their third pool play match and proceeded directly to the second knockout round.

World Tour leaders Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego are one of the four Brazilians teams playing in the second single elimination round Saturday. They took first place in pool J. Third seeded Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos and Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Benjamin Insfran (11th seeded) also won their third and final pool play match and advanced directly to the second elimination round. Harley Marquez and Thiago Barbosa finished third in their pool but got to the last sixteen after winning in the first knockout round.

To great relief of the Moscow audience Russia still has a chance of winning their second medal ever in a World Tour event on home soil, after Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky took silver in 2007 in St. Petersburg. Yaroslav Koshkarev and Konstantin Semenov finished third in pool play and beat Italians Paolo/Matteo Martino in the first knockout round (19-21 21-15 15-11). After too many mistakes in the first set Russia came back in the second with the help of a delirious centre court crowd. The Italians were leading in the tiebreak with 8-6, but the home heroes were able to make another comeback. Friday they will meet World Tour leaders Alison/Emanuel for the fourth time this season, the Brazilians leading 3-0. “Yesterday I said that the crowd was perfect”, Koshkarev said. “Today I must say that they were simply fantastic! I hope that with the help of the fans we will be able to beat Alison/Emanuel for the first time in our career.”

Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, second last year, remained unbeaten in pool M after another 2-0-win, this time over Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins. Defending champions Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu were the first to qualify for the second main draw knockout round as they beat Russians Alexander Likholetov/Alexey Pastukhov in the early morning on centre court. The other teams starting in the second elimination round on Saturday are European champions Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil from the Netherlands (8th), Swiss Jefferson Bellaguarda/Patrick Heuscher (12th), Czechs Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala (15th), Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel (5th) and wild card players Christopher McHugh/Joshua Slack (28th) from Australia.

After the second round the men’s tournament continues with the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The men’s semi’s and medal matches are scheduled for Sunday. Last year’s medal winners were Wu/Xu (gold), Dalhausser/Rogers (silver) and Brink/Reckermann (bronze).

This season the FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour visits 18 sites in 16 countries over an eight-month period. This year’s World Tour is featuring 16 women’s and 14 men’s events within the African, Asian, European, North American and South American confederations, the FIVB Swatch World Tour will offer US$7.64 million in prize money. Twelve of the tournaments will be combined men’s and women’s events, including all six grand slam stops. The Moscow Grand Slam is the fourth grand slam on the 2011 calendar.   
 
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