We've made it into the decisive qualifying round for the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open. Prequalifying ended this afternoon, with eight pairings overcoming the three rounds. Pádel Plaza staged those eight decisive matches which went as follows:
One of the favourites in this stage were Rafael Méndez and Diego Ramos, who won 6-3 / 6-2 against Antonio José Cardona and Pablo Acevedo to make it through to the next round.
Sergio Icardo and Javier Redondo have also advanced after defeating a dangerous young duo in Jerónimo González Luque and Javier González Barahona. A tremendously tight match was decided at 7-6 / 5-7 / 7-6 for Redondo and Icardo.
José Carlos Gaspar and Jorge Ruiz Gutiérrez also had to work hard right until the end to prevail against Javier Rico Dasi and Jorge Nieto, who they beat 7-6 / 6-7 / 6-4. Another example of how tough these rounds are.
Antonio "Pincho" Fernández and Miguel Oliveira came through in three sets against David Leal and Pedro San Román. The Spanish/Portuguese fought back from a set down to win 4-6 / 7-6 / 6-4.
Making another appearance in the next phase are Lucas Silveira da Cunha and Javier Martínez Vázquez, who won 6-3 / 6-4 against Fran Ramirez and Pedro Vera, in what was their seventh win of the season.
Guillermo Casal and Aitor García Bassas will live to fight another day after knocking out Javier Pérez Morillas and Jesús Espejo (6-3 / 6-7 / 6-4), in the umpteenth tense match of the day.
Antonio Luque and Diogo Rocha ended French duo Bastien Blanque and Johan Bergeron's dream run with a 6-4 / 6-4 victory, but the Frenchmen will surely come away happy with their two first ever victories on tour.
The last pairing to make it through was Sergi Nogueras and Andrés Britos, who won 6-2 / 6-4 against Adriá Mercadal Berenguer and Ricardo Martínez.
Here is the updated qualifying draw:
The action returns on Tuesday at Pádel Plaza from 11:30h with the first qualifying matches, Remember that you can view all the best images from prequalifying at the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open here, in our gallery.