Bela and Lima overcome Sanyo, Paquito and the sun

The world number ones proved at the Plaza Mayor in Valladolid that no surface can stop them. They defended their title after defeating Paquito Navarro and Sanyo Gutierrez 7-6, 7-5 in a cracking match.

Bela and Lima overcome Sanyo, Paquito and the sun

There were 125 minutes of intensity, emotion, quality and commitment. Not one of the 3,000 fans didn't applaud every big moment in a stunning final between the two best pairings in the world.

It was anyone's match, but Bela and Lima have that extra gear that separate them from the rest. They had the answer for Sanyo's magic and Paquito's grit, as well as the pressure from the fans who were behind the Sevillian and the Argentine.


After an even start a succession of breaks came from the fourth game on, two for each, which made it level pegging until the tiebreak. In the ninth and eleventh games, Sanyo and Paquito had chances to break serve.

The number ones suffered at various stages. Paquito did a lot of damage with his deep lobs to Belasteguin, while Lima was clearly tiring.


Despite this, Bela and Lima had the first set point in the twelfth game on Paquito's serve.

In the breaker, the number ones were always ahead. First at 4-1, then 6-4 and they needed just one set point to close it out.


The intensity and excitemente levels didn't drop in the second set. There were spectacular plays, impossible shots, duels at the net and the fans didn't stop urging the players on.

Perhaps the key moment came in the eighth game, when the number two seeds had two break points (15-40) on Belasteguin's serve but they didn't take either.


It was the opposite in the eleventh game, where a couple of unforced errors from Paquito, added to Bela's perseverence to hunt down an impossible ball, sentenced the final. They broke and consolidated to retain their title in Valladolid.

There was a lot of talk about the court conditions, altitude and heat, but none of these factors seemed to affect the world number one pairing.


Fifth title of the season for Belasteguin and Lima. It was even more special for the Argentine player because yesterday, the 9th of July, was the bicentenary of the South American country's independence and today the man from Pehuajó celebrated his 200th title. What a coincidence...what a remarkable feat!

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