Argentinian heroes bested as Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals come to conclusion

The Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals have come and gone as all top eight pairs were in action on Friday at La Rural in the Argentinian capital.

Argentinian heroes bested as Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals come to conclusion

The Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals have come and gone as all top eight pairs were in action on Friday at La Rural.

Despite the incredibly passionate Argentinian fans in the stands, some of the local heroes saw their tournament come to an end, including some of the biggest players.

Here is what happened on the South American continent on Friday afternoon and evening.

Tello/Chingotto (4) VS Stupaczuk/Ruiz (5)

The first of the Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals featured three Argentinians, as four-seed Juan Tello and Federico Chingotto faced fifth-seed Franco Stupaczuk and the lone Spaniard Alejandro Ruiz.

Stupa and Ruiz were the first ones to break at centre court, doing so in the third game. Chingotto and Tello counter-broke right after, and did so again to go 5-4 up. However, Stupa and Ruiz came back, forced a tie-break, and won it despite being 6-2 down. 7-6 to Stupa and Ruiz.

The second set was more straightforward for the Spanish-Argentinian duo, who broke service early. Tello and Chingotto could not feed off their supportive home crowd. 

After another break, there was no more stopping the bleeding, and Stupaczuk and Ruiz won the second set 6-3 to punch their tickets to the semi-finals.

Navarro/Di Nenno (2) VS Sánchez/Capra (7)

The second quarter-final featured the second-ranked pair and one of the most popular in Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno, who squared off against seven seed Maxi Sánchez and Luciano Capra.

Di Nenno, currently the highest-ranked Argentinian in fourth place, and his partner Navarro broke straight away, taking a 3-0 lead. 

While Sánchez and Lucho Capra found a break themselves to make it 5-4, they were counter broken immediately to end the first set 6-4 to Navarro and Di Nenno.

More of the same was seen at the start of the second frame, where Di Nenno and Paquito again took a 3-0 lead by getting the early break. This time at 4-1, Maxi and Lucho broke back, but once again were counter broken. The number two’s Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno saw out the match 6-3 as they steam through to the semi-finals.

Gutiérrez/Tapia (3) VS Lima/Ruiz (8)

La Rural next welcomed the highest-ranked all Argentinian duo in Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia as they faced eight seed Javi Ruiz and Brazilian Pablo Lima.

The third quarter-final started very cautiously, all four players not taking risks, and therefore keeping service with relative ease. 

It was not until the tenth game, at 5-4 that Gutiérrez and Tapia went into attack mode. They got the break and with it the first set 6-4.

The second set featured a more aggressive play on both sides and resulted in a total of four breaks, two each. The set eventually went to a tie break, which Lima and Ruiz dominated to force a third set - 6-7.

Third-seeded Gutiérrez and Tapia were much the better side in the decider, breaking at the very first time of asking. The Malmö Padel Open winners last time out, they saw this one out to reach another semi-final. The match finished 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Galán/Lebrón (1) VS Belasteguín/Coello (6)

The fourth and final Buenos Aires Master quarter-final saw number ones Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón face Argentinian royalty in Fernando Belasteguín and his teenage partner Arturo Coello.

Bela famously beat Galán and Lebrón in last year's Master Final final, but has yet to win a tournament with Coello. They needed the extremely vocal support of the local fans, as it was Lebrón and Galán doing most of the attacking.

Surviving several breakpoints earlier in the set, Bela and Coello buckled at 4-4, when they were finally broken. The number ones took the opening frame 6-4.

What followed had a very similar feel to it as again, Lebrón and Galán played in their typically aggressive way while Bela and Coello were forced on the back foot. Both sides had opportunities to break this time, but none of them were taken.

Then, again at 4-4 the Spanish number ones got their break, and served to see out the match. El Boss Belasteguín fell at his home venue, and Galán and Lebrón march on as they won by a double 6-4.

Buenos Aires Master quarter-finals implications

On Saturday, our live English coverage starts as the semi-finals get underway from 16.00 local time, or 20.00 Central European Time/14.00 EST.

Here are the match-ups on Saturday!

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