2017-08-06 11:33:00 CET
Evandro/Andre handle the weather well to beat the wildcards
Andre Loyola and Evandro Goncalves breezed through to their first world championship final to ensure a Brazilian team made a men’s final for the 10th time.
Only once before had a world final not included a tandem from the South American beach volleyball superpower – in 2007 in Gstaad – and Andre and Evandro were in no mood to let a place in the final slip in Vienna.
And, as the rain fell on the packed Red Bull Beach Arena center court, the pair believed the weather helped them book a place in the final with their straight sets win over Dutch wildcards Christiaan Varenhorst and Marten van Garderen.
“We didn’t expected it but I think it benefitted us,” explained Andre. “Evandro served so hard, the ball is harder to handle and that really helped us. He did a good job in serving – as he always does.”
Andre was naturally delighted to reach his first final – not bad for a team that go together at the start of 2017.
“There’s a lot of things in my head,” said the 22-year-old, who is now aiming to be the youngest ever men’s world champ. “It’s our first year and things have happened so fast. We’ve worked so hard for this that we deserved it. Hopefully we can go on and achieve greater things.”
As for Evandro, who hit four aces to take his tally to 36 for the tournament, he isn’t fazed with who the team face – even if that team comes from Austria.
“Whoever we played we’re focused on ourselves,” said the 27-year-old. “We’ll prepare now and it doesn’t matter who we face.
“We made a few mistakes but we showed patience to fix it. We know how good we are and as Andre said, we knew how to adapt to the weather.”
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