A tough first day sees twelver pairings progress

An intense first day at the Keler Bilbao Open

A tough first day sees twelver pairings progress

The spectacular Frontón Vizcaya opened its doors for the final Open of 2017. The time had come for the main draw to get underway at the Keler Bilbao Open 2017The first match on centre court was between Gonzalo Díaz - Luciano Capra and Diego Ramos - Rafael Méndez. The first pairing to gain an advantage was Diaz and Capra who earned a break in the fifth game. Godo and Lucho made the most of some unforced errors from Diego Ramos to go up 3-2. The Argentines conserved their lead and won 6-4. This spurred Diaz and Capra on, who broke at the start of the second set to take control again. They won the second set 6-3 in a match that lasted just under an hour and a half.

At Padeltoki, the first match of the day was Ignacio G. Gadea - Germán Tamame vs. Pedro Alonso-Martínez - Aris Patiniotis. This match took over two and a half hours with Gadea and Tamame winning 7-5 / 4-6 / 6-3.

The second match on centre court saw the number 6 seeds Alejandro Galán and Juan Cruz Belluati taking on José Rico Dasi and Víctor Ruiz Remedios. The favourites on paper took control by dominating four of the opening five games. Galan's pace on the ball and Belluati's control ended in a 6-1 scoreline in just over 28 minutes. However, Ruiz and Rico recovered in the second and broke in the seventh game. Ruiz and Rico lost that advantage in the eighth game but bounced back with a break in the ninth and held out to win 6-4. In the third set, Ruiz and Rico started off strongly but Galan and Belluati broke in the sixth game and raced on to a 6-3 win.

The second match at Padeltoki saw Jordi Muñoz and Javier Escalante take on Matías Nicoletti and Cristian Germán Gutiérrez. An epic clash which took over two and a half hours with Muñoz and Escalante coming out on top 6-4 / 4-6 / 6-2.

A high voltage match awaited on centre court at the Frontón de Miribilla: Adrián Allemandi - Juan Lebrón vs Álvaro Cepero - Aday Santana, who were both looking to keep up their hopes of qualifying for the Estrella Damm Master Final. A battle that started with Cepero and Santana breaking in the second game to dominate a first set that they won 6-3. Lebron and Allemandi levelled things up in the second set and put Cepero-Santana against the ropes but never managed da break. The set headed into a tiebreak where Lebron brought out his best to force a third set. This led Marcos Arnais's players to believe in themselves and they broke at the start of the third set to lead 2-0 and control the match. Allemandi and Lebron blended together perfectly and took little time in winning 6-1, to keep up their hopes of reaching the end of year showdown.

Qualifiers Christian Fuster and Miguel Oliveira took on Matías Marina and Javier ConcepciónThe latter won a close first set 6-4. In the second, it was Fuster and Oliveira who grabbed a decisive break to win 7-5 but in the third Marina and Concepcion came out on top again by winning 6-3 to reach the last 16.

The afternoon session set up a clash between Juan Mieres - Miguel Lamperti and  Rubén Rivera - Gerard Company on centre court. The pairing from Bahia Blanca didn't take long in proving they were in Bilbao for business. They put on a masterclass in the first set, where they showed barely any weaknesses, to win 6-1 in 24 minutes. In the second set, Rivera and Company started to feel better on court and it was completely different story. A tiebreak was needed to decide the outcome and it was Mieres and Lamperti who bagged the win.

The second match of the afternoon session at Club Padeltoki  was José A. García Diestro - Martín Sánchez Piñeiro against Pablo Lijo - Guillermo Lahoz. Another dramatic three setter which went the way of Diestro and Piñeiro.

The penultimate match of the afternoon at Frontón Vizcaya was a meeting between Borja Yribarren - Juan Manuel Vázquez and Fernando Poggi - Gabriel Reca. Reca and Poggi set the tempo in the first set and broke Borja and Guga twice to win the first set 6-3. The second set started off differently however, with Yribarren much more aggressive at the net and Vazquez much braver with his shots, helping them to take a 3-0 lead. A devastating  reaction which left Poggi and Reca helpless in the second set, as their opponents won 6-1. The third set was even for the first four games, until Guga and Yribarren struck to move ahead. They went on to win 6-3 and reach the last sixteen.

The last match on centre court was between Javier Ruiz - Uri Botello and Marcello Jardim - Federico Quiles. Jardim and Quiles received all the support from the stands as Jardim has lived in Bilbao since 2003. After Quiles and Jardim earned the first break of the match in the third game, it seemed as if they were well in control. But this was not to be the case as Botello and Ruiz reacted in the fourth game to level the match. A break in the tenth game left Quiles and Jardim within touching distance of the first set but Botello and Ruiz struck back again to force a tiebreak, which Quiles and Jardim won 7-4. The second set was just as even. Botello and Ruiz broke in the ninth game and closed the set at 6-4. After an hour and 38 minutes the match headed into a tiebreak. Buoyed by their strong performance, Botello and Ruiz broke in the third game of the final set, and they broke again in the fifth, leaving Quiles and Jardim with no response. After two hours and sixteen minutes, Botello and Ruiz closed the match at 6-2.

The penultimate ticket for the last sixteen went to Alejandro Ruiz and Sebastián Neronewho won 7-6 / 6-3 against Raúl Díaz and Raúl Marcos.

The last pairing to reach the last sixteen in Bilbao came from the clash between Francisco Gomes - Ernesto Moreno and Maxi Grabiel - Ramiro MoyanoThe duo from La Plata came out on top 6-2 / 6-0 to make it to the last sixteen.

The last sixteen of the Keler Bilbao Open is ready!

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