They have certainly elevated the game. It really is a shame they had that let down for the gold at the world championships- but they could still go for most record wins in a season and tie the Brazilians if they win Rome.
Indeed. This is probably the defeat they will regret for the rest of the season. However, credit due where credit is due, there was a spectacular German team playing in front of a home crowd in the semifinal. Wickler was in the form of his life in Hamburg. There was another nuance to that semifinal outcome which I mentioned in the WCH thread. There was a massive, not sanctioned carry in favour of the Germans towards the end of the decisive tie-break which, unfortunately, also played a small role. But let's see how the Finals in Rome will unfold.