2017-08-04 18:56:00 CEST
10,000 fans packed in to Red Bull Beach Arena to celebrate an Austrian success in Vienna
Clemens Doppler, in his own words, feels like the luckiest man in the world right now. Getting the most emotional win of his career, that bold statement is hardly a surprise.
Anyone who was in the Red Bull Beach Arena will know exactly why, as he and Alex Horst delivered an exceptional performance to reach the the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 quarterfinals.
To tell you they beat Qatar’s Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse would only provide half the story, as would the 26-24, 24-22 scoreline.
Instead this is a moment the Austrians are in the best position to share in Vienna.
“I cannot put it into words, it is the most emotional win of my whole career,” said Doppler. “When you see the 10,000 crazy people in the stands cheering for you – those are not the emotions you get in your normal life.
“We are so lucky that we have this World Championships at home, to be able to play in front of this audience, I feel like the luckiest person in the world right now.
“We weren’t nervous, we were very focused, we knew that if we played well then we would have a chance. We were very determined and that five-ten percent you need to win a close game came from the crowd.
“We had to take that first set, in 38 degrees you don’t want to be playing three sets and we knew that in each other, we had to deal with everything and it wasn’t easy but we did it. Right now it is not very easy to play against us on that center court.”
In the drastic Viennese heat, the start of the match always looked to be the most important part of the game.
But it almost didn’t go the Austrians’ way, forced to battle from five points behind, with the nip-tuck battle to get over the line eventually going their way.
They needed to go to the extra level in the second set too, but with job now very much done, all attentions can now focus on Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak, as they break new ground in the quarterfinals.
“We have had a lot of success with medals, but in the World Championships it was usually always ninth, so we’re very happy to now be in the quarter-finals,” added Horst.
“We will enjoy the few minutes and then focus straight on the next game. It’s a really great success but we have to focus on Poland, they are a really tough team.
“They are one of the best teams around, they dominate very well and we know them very well, they are friends of ours so it will be an interesting.
“Last time they beat us so hopefully we can get revenge.”
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