2016-06-08 17:48:00 CEST
In-form Italians have cause to celebrate – even if it’s not their birthday!
We pretty much had egg all over our faces when we approached Paolo Nicolai after he and his partner Daniele Lupo’s first match at smart Hamburg Major today.
“Happy birthday, Paolo!”
“It’s not my birthday!” he smiled graciously back at us. “There’s something wrong somewhere in a database, my birthday’s on 6 August – somebody needs to switch the numbers around!”
“Oh okay, happy un-birthday!” he joked back.
Well, whether it was his birthday or not it was still worth for us chatting with the gentle giant.
So can they add to their medal haul here in Hamburg and what makes the Swatch Major Series so special?
“What I’ve learned in my years is to take one game at a time. You have to fight in every single match because all the teams are amazing,” said Paolo.
“That’s why it is a Major. At this kind of event you can feel you are doing something special. All of the staff are for you, everything is about the players and we’re in the middle of it.”
“It’s a good way to start because we’ve always had trouble against them,” said Paolo about the Poles. “We’re proud with the win but we’ll see what happens.