A frenetic start in Zaragoza

The speed of the surface led to some matches ending in under an hour

A frenetic start in Zaragoza

The main draw of the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open got underway at the Principe Felipe with the clash between José A. García Diestro - Martín Sánchez Piñeiro and Álvaro Cepero - Aday Santana. Diestro and Piñeiro set the tempo for the match by taking the opening two games. Santana and Cepero struggled to feel comfortbale on court and were being punished for their unforced errors. The first set went to Diestro and Sanchez Piñeiro 6-4 in just over 29 minutes. Diestro and Piñeiro broke early on in the second set again but Santana and Cepero reacted in time and took three games on the bounce. Diestro and Piñeiro broke again however in the eleventh game to instill some doubts into their opponents, and they rounded off the win in an hour and twenty minutes at 7-5.

At the Club Padel Zaragoza, Alejandro Ruiz and Sebastián Nerone reached the last sixteen with a clear 6-3 / 6-3 win against Javier Ruiz and Uri Botello.

The second match on centre court was Federico Chingotto - Juan Tello vs. Borja Yribarren - Juan Manuel VázquezThe latter got the first break of the match in the third game thanks to Guga Vazquez's firm play at the net and Yribarren's efficiency. But Tello and Chingotto slowly got going and broke back in the sixth game. There would be a new twist in the tale in the ninth game as Yribarren and Vazquez regained their good sensations and won the first set 6-4 after 48 minutes. The second set was even until the seventh game, when Borja and Guga cranked up the pressure again and punished Tello and Chingotto. They held onto their advantage to win 6-4 in under an hour and a half. The Spanish/Argentine pairing was at its solid best to reach the last 16.

On court 1 at Pádel Zargoza, Javier Escalante and Jordi Muñoz made their debut as a pairing against Federico Quiles and Marcello JardimQuiles and Jardim controlled the match from start to finish to win 6-3 / 6-4.

The morning session on centre court came to an end with Gonzalo Díaz Luciano Capra vs Juan Manuel Restivo - Martín Di Nenno. A tough opening round clash for Godo and Lucho against a pairing that was on a good run after getting through qualifying. The Argentines controlled their opponents with a very high tempo and made the most of the speed of the surface. A break in the third game set them on their way to a 6-0 whitewash in under 40 minutes. Buoyed by this result, they broke early on in the second set again and romped their way through to win 6-1 in under an hour and fifteen minutes.

Pedro Alonso-Martínez and Aris Patiniotis will be in the last sixteen after knocking out Lucas Bergamini and Lucas Campagnolo. They won the first set 6-4 and then an injury to Lucas Bergamini stopped the Brazilians in their tracks in the second set when they were 3-0 down.

The afternoon session on centre court kicked off with Ernesto Moreno - Francisco Gomes vs Miguel Lamperti - Juan MieresThe world number 5 pairing looked to impose themselves early on. The pairing from Bahia Blanca made the most of their break in the third game, with Mieres finding his shots at the net and Lamperti making the most of the quick surface. Still, Ernesto Moreno and Chico Gomes made life difficult for their opponents whenever they could, but it didn't stop their opponents from winning the first set 6-3. The Argentiens had found a lethal formula and they applied it in the second set to fly away to a 6-1 scoreline.

One of the longest matches of the day (112 minutes) was played out between Agustín Tapia - Andrés Britos and Gonzalo Rubio - Javier Garridowith the win going to the Andalusian duo 6-3 / 2-6 / 7-5.

The penultimate match of the day on centre court brought together Adrián Allemandi - Juan Lebrón and Cristian Germán Gutiérrez - Matías Nicoletti. Lebron and Allemandi flew out of the blocks and dominated the first five games of the set. Allemandi controlled the match from the forehand court and Lebron found his powerful shots from all over the court. Nicoletti and Gutierrez only put up resistance for under half an houor as Allemandi and Lebron won the first set 6-1. There was a glimpse of a response from Nicoletti and Gutierrez at the start of the second set with a break of serve. Lebron and Allemandi broke back quickly and dominated the match once again to win the set 6-2.

Just like in Granada, Guillermo Lahoz and Pablo Lijo Santos faced Fernando Poggi and Gabriel RecaBut this time it was the Argentines Poggi and Reca who came out on top of a very even match 6-7 / 6-4 / 6-2.

Ramiro Moyano and Maxi Grabiel fought for a place in the second round against Ignacio G. Gadea and Germán Tamame. The first set went to the Argentines 6-3. Gadea and Tamame reacted to win the second set 7-5. In the third set Moyano and Grabiel came back from a break down to win 6-4.

The first round came to an end with Juan Cruz Belluati and Alejandro Galán taking on Matías Marina Artuso and Javier Concepción. Marina and Concepcion came close to breaking in the opening game but Galan and Belluati responded by taking the first three games. Belluati dominated the rhythm of play, allowing Galan to focus on his hard hitting. Galan and Belluati served at 5-4 to win the set, but Marina and Concepcion reacted to force a tiebreak. Galan and Belluati came out on top to win 7-6. That pushed on the players coached by Mariano Amat, who broke in the third game. Galan and Belluati played at their best in the second set and won 6-2 to reach the last sixteen again.

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