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2017-08-03 19:03:00 CET

Sams storm to success!

Pedlow/Schachter make it a four-some day for Canada

The two Sams are now within touching distance of the quarterfinalsThe two Sams are now within touching distance of the quarterfinals

Sam Schachter and Sam Pedlow made it a day to remember for Canada as their win over Olympic silver medalists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai booked them a place in the last-16 on the Danube Island.

The two Sams were in excellent form to make it four wins out of four for Canadian teams on day seven of the championships after Saxton/Schalk, Pavan/Humana-Paredes and Bansley/Wilkerson all recorded victories earlier in the day.

And the pair were understandably delighted with their victory that sets-up a tie against Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov with the winners taking a place in the quarterfinals.

“Were just trying to build the tournament,” said Pedlow afterwards. “If you look at our match against Spain, we were on edge, a little too activated.

“You could see here we used a little more variety and played more of our game instead of just trying to go big vs. big and at the end of the game, that’s what worked best for us.

“They bounced between (serving) both of us and that’s a testament to both of us siding out well today. It came down to our relationship and I think we were a little stronger mentally at the end of the game. I think when we have fun, we do well and we’re having a whole lot of fun right now.”

Meanwhile Schachter believes having a day off to prepare also helped the North Americans secure their straight sets win over the Italians.

“We had a day off and we’re fresh so we’re able to put the same push on in the second set as we did in the first.

“We tried a couple strategies that once we went to stability and calmed down a bit and stopped running all over the place because Lupo is so crafty, you’re trying all these things.

“Once we calmed down in the second set we were great. The key to our success today was our sideout. We didn’t let any aces go, we didn’t let any errant sets hurt us, we just controlled our side of the net. We haven’t gotten worse than a top-10 result this year so we’re staying on standard.”

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