Brouwer and Meeuwsen licking their lips ahead of Alison and Bruno clash

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15, 2016 – The Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen reached the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games men’s semifinals with a 2-0 (25-23, 21-17) win over compatriots Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst at Copacabana Beach Arena on Monday.

They will now play Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Here’s what they said after the match….

Alexander Brouwer, the Netherlands
“Everything is on course and the goal is a medal so we keep going on this course. 

“We were having our pre-match talk and suddenly the tent was shaking. It was the wind that picked up and it made the game a little crazy.

“I think it is going to be great. To play the home team, the first seeded team in Brazil with the home crowd that is going crazy here is a big challenge for us. We just want to play our best game and put pressure on them.”

Robert Meeuwsen, the Netherlands
“It wasn’t as easy as you think. We had to work really hard for it, especially with these circumstance. We were able to handle it better than them.”

Reinder Nummerdor, the Netherlands
“I think the first set was crucial and we had chances to win that one and we didn’t take them. After that they were just better than we were and handled the wind very well. 

“The chances are very high that I will quit completely, but I am emotional now after the match, so I don’t know yet.”


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