2017-08-04 17:39:00 CEST
Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser call on all of their experience to get past Aussies
Their reactions after the last ball dropped in their favour summed it up. American Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena were relieved to book their spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals after being taken all the way by Australia’s Damien Schumann and Christopher McHugh.
The number three seeds looked in real danger of crashing out to Aussies in front of a packed Red Bull Beach Arena – only for the Lucena and Dalhausser to save a match point and go onto win by the narrowest of margins 21-14, 19-21, 16-14.
“Thank God we pulled it out,” Dalhausser, who won world champs gold in Gstaad in 2007. “We played them in Moscow earlier in the year and we served the left sider the whole time.
“We should have adjusted earlier and served the right sider. Nick played great and definitely the intensity helped. We’re always going to stick together - anytime I would make a mistake he’d be like ‘come on, let’s go’ instead of getting angry at me.
“We’re kind of playing with house money right now so we’ll see what happens.”
Lucena’s emotions at the end of an intense battle was mixed – relief that they went through but tinged with frustration knowing they struggled.
“Usually we can coast with no emotion and kind of play through a game,” said Nick, who is aiming for his first world title. “But in those situations you can’t, you have to leave it all out there.
“If they were going to beat us I wanted them to get our best so I was trying to get our best out of Phil. That’s probably my best side out game of the tournament, which is good timing. I still didn’t pass that well, they served tough. I made a key error at 12-11, so I put us in that situation, but we were able to grind it out and come out on top.”
The Americans will take on Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov in the quarterfinals on Saturday after they beat Canada’s Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter.
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