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2016-09-16 22:03:00 CEST

Trio advance straight to men’s quarters

Joy for Brazil, Poland and Latvia in the pool play

Alison/Bruno delivered a great performance in front of the Toronto skylineAlison/Bruno delivered a great performance in front of the Toronto skyline

While Olympic gold medalists Ludwig/Walkenhorst find life difficult at the watch World Tour Finals Toronto – it’s been a much easier path through to the quarterfinals for the heroes of the Copacabana last month, Alison and Bruno.

The duo have begun the defense of their Swatch World Tour Finals crown in red hot form, winning both matches in straight sets, the most recent an annihilation of Mexicans Virgen/Ontiveros who have now lost both of their games.

On Center Court there was more joy for Poland as Kantor/Losiak booked a spot in the quarters with a win over local heroes Binstock/Schachter.

The Canadians were naturally disappointed to be on the receiving end of a second successive defeat.

“That’s not our best, not even close to our best to be honest,” said Josh. “Their serving and block defense was superior to ours. They put pressure on us the whole time and you’re not going to beat a team like that with the type of quality and energy we brought.”

Sam meanwhile focused on the pressure of playing in front of his family and friends on Center Court. He said: "Use the positive energy of the crowd and it fuels us to bring a lot of positive emotion to the game. We just try to focus on what helps us and not the distractions.”

Another team who sailed through directly to the last eight were A1 Major Klagenfurt winners from Latvia Samoilovs/Smedins who edged out Dutch Olympic bronze medalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen on Court 2.

Stay tuned for the men’s quarterfinal draw which takes place later today!

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