2017-08-06 12:57:00 CEST
Doppler/Horst reach the final – but will there be gold at the end of the rainbow?
The scenes on the Red Bull Beach Arena told their own story. Tears were flowing in the stands and on the sand: Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst are guaranteed a medal in their home world championships after a brilliant straight sets win over Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov.
Having stormed to the final after a string of impressive displays, and buoyed by crowd like no other in beach volleyball, the pair have continued to re-write their own story in Vienna.
All of the words have been said so far – but what does the final chapter hold for the Austrians when they take on Brazilians Andre Loyola and Evandro Goncalves vying for gold.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s like a fairy tale,” said Doppler afterwards. “Actually, we were really calm and I’m surprised how calm we can be in the semifinals in the World Championships.
“The only difference was the weather a little bit because of the rain the ball got heavier and heavier so it was not that easy to keep the pressure on the serve. But we kept clam, we were three points ahead in the second set for the final and it was equal again like it was yesterday and that’s the momentum we have, that’s our strength right now.
“We come out of difficult situations really well and we have the guts to the end to win those kinds of games.”
The Austrians have played their opponents once this season – back in Fort Lauderdale in February – a match the Brazilians won 18-16 in the final set.
But Doppler remains uncertain as to what will come in the final.
“I really don’t know what to expect now because I don’t know how they’re going to react to the World Championship final, for them it’s also the first time,” said Doppler. “Evandro made a bronze two years ago, for us it’s the first time.
“I don’t know what we can expect from us, I don’t know what we can expect from them but I know we won’t be nervous. I just have this feeling inside of me because now we can enjoy it. It would be a whole lot different if we were playing for bronze because then you might not win a medal.”
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