An unprecedented Spanish final at the Joma Barcelona Challenger

Matías Marina and Alejandro Ruiz will face first-time finalists on the World Padel Tour, Gonzalo Rubio and Javier Ruiz, in the final of the Joma Barcelona Challenger.  

An unprecedented Spanish final at the Joma Barcelona Challenger

Matias Marina and Alejandro Ruiz have qualified for a second consecutive Challenger final after defeating Uri Botello and Adrian Blanco 6-4, 7-6.

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The two pairings started the first set very strongly, but Matias and Alejandro took things up another gear. Something they executed perfectly in a decisive moment. In the fateful seventh game, the number two seeds made the most of a break point to take the lead. They didn't faulter on their own serve and that break was enough to seal the first set.

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Botello-Blanco didn't drop their heads, and they made Marina-Ruiz suffer on their serve in the second set. Neither pairing had a break point opportunity and the tiebreak decided the outcome.

The Lisbon Challenger champions showed grit and determination and booked their tickets in the final after a powerful smash from Ruiz.

The number four seeds, Uriel and Adrian leave the Challenger on a positive note after their second tournament as a pairing.

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Rubio-Ruiz in their first WPT final

The second semifinal was expected to be a very tough affaire between the number 14 and 16 pairings, and it didn't disappoint.

Gonzalo Rubio and Javier Ruiz grabbed a hard-fought win against Cristian German Gutierrez and Antonio Luque and will play their first World Padel Tour final after taking the clash 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

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Gutierrez-Luque broke first in the opening set, but the pairing from Seville and Granada got back in it to force a tiebreak. Cristian and Antonio played brilliant padel and made the most of their opponents' mistakes to take the breaker 7-3.

Gonzalo and Javier looked to leave that tiebreak behind them and started the set by grabbing an early break which put them ahead. This advantage would prove to be enough to level the match.

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Everything would be decided in the third set, which was an all-out battle to qualify for the final and where fatigue started to kick in and opportunities came and went at both ends.

But Gonzalo and Javier turned it on and started to play pressure-free padel. At 1-1 they took one of four break points to take the lead. The battle continued on court. The Spaniard and Argentine had up to four break back points but they didn't take any and Gonzalo and Javier took the set 6-4 to reach their first World Padel Tour final.

On Sunday we'll have an unprecedented Spanish final in the Joma Barcelona Challenger which starts at 12:00.

 

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