On Friday, Nicolai and Cottafava were tremendously effective, getting sweeps against Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes (21-19, 21-14) and Germans Nils Ehlers and Clemens Wickler (27-25, 21-19) to end the opening round of the main draw in first place in Pool D.
Ehlers and Wickler, who lost to Swedish David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig in straight sets (21-16, 21-13) earlier on Friday, advanced to the Round of 12 in third place, behind the reigning European champions, who also handled Pedro and Guto in two sets (21-13, 21-16) during the day.
Beach Pro Tour Hamburg Elite16 – Match Schedule and Results
Reigning Olympic and world champions Anders Mol and Christian Sørum of Norway finished at the top in Pool A. The Beach Volley Vikings won all their three matches in Hamburg so far, advancing directly to the quarterfinals. On Friday, they got a forfeit victory over Dutch Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot and topped Lithuanians Patrikas Stankevicius and Audrius Knasas in straight sets (21-10, 21-13).