Bela and Lima complete a fascinating last sixteen lineup

The favourites advance to the next round

Bela and Lima complete a fascinating last sixteen lineup

The last sixteen lineup at the Buenos Aires Padel Master was completed after an exciting day of padel at La Rural which included the favourites to the title.

Jardim/Quiles VS Rivera/Company

The second day of first round action at the Buenos Aires Padel Master kicked off at La Rural with very different weather conditions from the opening day. The sun shone during the clash between Marcello Jardim - Federico Quiles and Rubén Rivera - Raúl Marcos. Jardim and Quiles got off to a better start and broke in the third game thanks to their greater experience. Despite facing various break points, the Brazilian and the Argentine kept their cool to win 6-4. Rivera and Company started to show some doubts while Quiles and Jardim grew in stature. They dominated the net and made the most of every opportunity to finish off points. This one-way traffic ended in a 6-1 scoreline in a match that lasted under an hour.

Alonso/Patiniotis VS Díaz/Bueno

Fighting for a place in the second round on court two were Peter Alonso-Martínez - Aris Patiniotis and Raúl Díaz Toni BuenoThe battle to gain control of the net gave way to a very tactical start to the match, with both pairings looking for a way to break. Diaz and Bueno found an edge over their opponents in a very tight first set to win 6-3. The key was Raul Diaz's precision and Toni Bueno's solid defence, which they kept up in another very tight set. There were no breaks in the opening eight games but Diaz and Bueno made the most of some unforced errors from the other side of the net to decide the match at 7-5. The pairing thereby reach their first last sixteen as a pairing this season.

Diestro/Piñeiro VS Allemandi/Lebrón

The second match on centre court was José A. García Diestro - Martín Sánchez Piñeiro vs. Adrián Allemandi - Juan LebrónThe overwhelming tempo set by the latter was key in the first set. Allemandi controlled the rhythm of the match at his will and Juan Lebron did what he does best: destroy the ball. Diestro and Piñeiro couldn't find a way to feel comfortable on court and they lost the first set 6-3. The second set seemed to be an extension of the opener as Allemandi and Lebron broke to lead 2-0, but their opponents hadn't had their last say. Diestro and Piñeiro got back into the set with some courageous padel and they broke in the fourth game to make it level. Allemandi and Lebron broke at a decisive stage however to lead 5-4 and they kept their cool to serve out the match and win 6-4.

Yribarren/Vázquez VS Marina/Concepción

The penultimate match of the day on court two was between Borja Yribarren - Juan Manuel Vázquez and Matías Marina - Javier ConcepciónThe winners of the Helsingborg Challenger controlled the match from start to finish. Mati Marina was flawless and Concepcion was his usual aerial threat. This lethal combination was too much for Borja and Guga who lost the first set 6-1. Yribarren and Vazquez found no solution in the second set either as their unforced errors continued to hold them back. Marina and Concepcion marched on steadily and won the set 6-3 in an hour and ten minutes.

Lamperti/Mieres VS Díaz/Capra

The match of the day and the round undoubtedly was the opening round clash between Miguel Lamperti - Juani Mieres and Godo Díaz - Lucho Capra. After an early exchange to test each other out, Juani Mieres and Miguel Lamperti found another gear broke in the seventh game and held on to make it 5-3. Their opponents showed their magic however to get back in the set by breaking and forcing a tiebreak. A tiebreak that handed the first advantage to the duo from Bahia Blanca (7-6). The second set started in identical fashion to the first. Every player held onto serve comfortably. In the eighth game Lamperti and Mieres struck again to take the advantage, but like in the first set, Godo and Lucho brought out their magic to break back and force a tiebreak. In the defining moment, it was Lamperti's cannon which was decisive again as they won in an hour and 51 minutes.

Nicoletti/Gutiérrez VS Company/Escalante

At the same time on court two, Matías Nicoletti and Cristian Germán Gutiérrez took on Gerard Company and Javier Escalante. The Argentine pairing took five games to take the lead, making 3-2 with a break and consolidating to lead 4-2. But Company and Escalante fought back to take the next two games. Nicoletti and Cristian German Gutierrez took the following two games to win the set 6-4. The second set started with Nicoletti and Gutierrez on the up. They took a 2-0 lead immediately and went on to lead 5-1. The final score was 6-2, leaving them in the next round.

Stupaczuk/Gutiérrez VS Tapia/Soliverez

The penultimate match of the afternoon gave the fans the chance to watch one of the most backed players in 2016, Franco Stupaczukalongside his partner Cristian Gutiérrez who took on a young aspiring pairing in Agustín Tapia and Luciano Soliverez. Despite the difference in experience between both pairings, the youngsters came out showing no fear in front of the 3000 fans in the stands. In fact, Tapia and Soliverez took the first set 6-4, stunning the two time winners this season. Stupa and Cristian were aware that they needed to react as the fans were favouring the underdogs. In the sixth game of the second set there would be a turning point, Stupa and Gutierrez broke to close out the set at 6-3. An early break in the third set paved the way to victory for the favourites. At 2-0 they shut down any hopes of a surprise from Tapia and Soliverez and they went on to win 6-2. Stupa and Cristian advance to the next round.

Belasteguín/Lima VS Nerone/Ruiz

The day came to a close with a replay of the semifinals from the recent Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open: Fernando Belasteguín - Pablo Lima vs Seba Nerone - Álex Ruiz. Just like last time, the Spanish/Argentine pairing would make the world number ones work hard. Nerone-ruiz broke in the fifth game thanks to a stunning display in defence. Bela and Lima some how managed to weather the storm and broke back to win 6-4. In the second set, Nerone and Ruiz couldn't stop Bela and Lima in their tracks as they upped their game and halted any possible rebellion. An emphatic 6-1 to close out the night at La Rural, leaving Bela and Lima in the last sixteen.

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