However, the start of the match against Michal Bryl and Bartosz Losiak from Poland did not tell of the nerves that were to come. The Swedish duo managed to take the lead in the first set and won with a clear 21-11.

"In the first set, we played incredibly well and they make some mistakes, so it was quite comfortable," says Jonatan Hellvig.

But the Poles had much more to give, as it turned out. The second set was a thrillingly even affair, with Losiak and Bryl drawing the longest straw with the smallest possible margin, 22-20.

"We had a much harder time stopping them in the second and made more mistakes ourselves. It was close all the way and unfortunately they managed to take it home. It felt pretty sour," says Jonatan Hellvig.

Saved match balls

Thus, just like in the quarter-finals, the Swedes had to play a decisive third set. There it looked like Åhman's and Hellman's championship would end – twice they had to save match points.

"Of course, it's incredibly tough when you have match point against you, but you just have to try to stay calm and really believe in what you're doing. You can't be a wimp in these situations. It's when you get wimpy that you lose the matches. We dared to go for it and in the end we managed to win, says David Åhman.

After saving the match points, the Swedes managed to turn the tables and won the set 18–16, which means that it is now time for the final.

"We really didn't think so in advance, it's our first World Cup, and to be able to play in the final feels absolutely fantastic," says David Åhman.

"Absolute chance at the gold"

In the final, the in-form Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner now await, who among other things managed to knock out world number one Norway.

"We definitely have a chance at the gold. But at the same time, it's going to be a very, very tough game. We saw how much was required in our last two games, so it's important not to take anything for granted, says Jonatan Hellvig.