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2017-08-23 18:20:00 CET

Russians proud to make Finals debut

Liamin/Krasilnikov reflect on first win at the Rothenbaum

The Russians celebrate on their way to winning bronze at the World Championships in ViennaThe Russians celebrate on their way to winning bronze at the World Championships in Vienna

Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov were proud that they earned Russia a first ever win in the World Tour Finals as they came back to beat Americans Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner.

Russia had never before been represented in the Finals but the World Championship bronze medalists got off the perfect start on the Red Bull Beach Arena against a US team that beaten the reigning world champs earlier in the day.

“It’s a really good start, we made some efforts but we have to work on that and improve our game,” said Krasilnikov, who won bronze at the Hamburg Major last season.

Liamin, who joined forces with Viacheslav at the start of this season, added: “It was a great feeling to play on the center court and play with such an amazing crowd.

“It’s a really good feeling to represent Russia at such an incredible tournament here in Hamburg.”

After their earlier win, Brunner reflected on a missed opportunity to record a second successive win on day one.

“I didn’t think they played that well, but neither did us,” he said. “It was not a good game. If we could get a few more blocks we could have won this match. We can beat anyone here, so we we’re just trying to have fun, play at our best and get better as a team.”

The number seven seeds’ next test is against the new world champs, Evandro/Andre in a game that takes place on side court 2 at 3pm CET on Thursday. You can watch that game live on BeachStream – click here to subscribe for free.

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