Belasteguín to meet former team-mates, four-seed knocked out in Malmö Padel Open round of 16!

The late games on Thursday have finished in the Areco Malmö Padel Open round of 16 as the third and fourth-seeded pairs saw their first action in Sweden.

Belasteguín to meet former team-mates, four-seed knocked out in Malmö Padel Open round of 16!

The late games on Thursday have finished in the Areco Malmö Padel Open round of 16 as the third and fourth-seeded pairs saw their first action in Sweden.

Daniel Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia, both former team-mates of Fernando Belasteguín, will face Bela again in the quarter-finals.

They won their game with ease, although the same could not be said in many of the other match-ups. Here is what happened on Thursday afternoon and evening!

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Gutiérrez/Tapia (3) VS Silingo/Sanz (6-3 / 6-2)

The afternoon slate at the Malmö Arena started with Gutiérrez and Tapia as the three-seed took on the 21st seed in Agustín G. Silingo and Jon Sanz.

Sanyo and Tapia made the quarter-finals in Cordoba and will look to do one better in what is still a young partnership. In their third tournament together, they broke Silingo and Sanz in the first set and saw the rest of it out 6-3.

The Argentinians played even better in the second set. Silingo and Sanz, perhaps fatigued from their three-set epic in the round of 32, could not keep up with the pace, and were broken multiple times. This game finished 6-3 6-2 to the three-seed.

They will face Belasteguín and his new teenage partner Arturo Coello in the quarter-finals like they did in Cordoba.

Chingotto/Tello (4) VS Nieto/Allemandi (2-6 / 6-4 / 4-6)

A major shock was in store next as fourth-seeded Federico Chingotto and Juan Tello played 11th-seeded Adrián Allemandri and Jorge Coki Nieto.

The underdogs started the game very brightly and looked like they were the favourites, breaking Chingotto and Tello twice in the first set and taking it 6-2.

Perhaps caught out by the aggressiveness of their opponents, Chingotto and Tello hit back. The longest-serving active partnership in the men's Circuit as they are together since 2015, the Argentinians forced a decider by winning 4-6.

While one would expect the fourth seeded pair to kick on with the gathered momentum, the third set was very levelled. After two hours played and the score at 3-3, it was Nieto and Allemandri who again broke. They upset the four-seed and sent them packing as they won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Lamperti/Yanguas VS Capra/Sánchez (7) (3-6 / 4-6)

The second game on centre court was between the two Miguels, Lamperti and Yanguas, up against seven-seed Luciano Capra and Maximiliano Sánchez.

The Maiks, who had the local crowd on their side, tried to best Capra and Sánchez in the first set, but to no avail. Lucho Capra and Sánchez, who they call The Shark, smelled blood and pounced to take the advantage in Malmö: 6-3.

One break's advantage was enough in the first set, and it proved enough in the second as well. It took Capra and Sánchez and hour and a half but they are through, 6-3 6-4.

Navarro/Di Nenno (2) VS Alba/Semmler (6-2 / 6-1)

A hotly anticipated match on Thursday was the tournament bow of Cordoba Open winners Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno, who took on Sergio Alba and Miguel Semmler on centre court.

Picking up where they left off in Spain, Navarro and Di Nenno played with their typical flair and power. Alba and Semmler hung on until 2-2 in the first set, when they lost four straight games. It finished 6-2 to the number two seed, who are still chasing number one status in 2021.

Their streak of winning the last four games in the first set would carry on in the second, where they went 5-0 up. Alba and Semmler were powerless against the duo, who will crack on in the quarter-final stages as they won this one 6-2 6-1.

Moyano/Belluati VS Lima/Ruiz (8) (3-6 / 6-4 / 5-7)

The final locking of horns on Thursday was between the Brazilian-Spanish combination of Pablo Lima-Javier Ruiz as they took on an Argentinian-Spanish duo in Ramiro Moyano and Juan Cruz.

A former number one with Belasteguín for several years, Lima showed his quality throughout this match but especially in the first set. The Brazilian played to the Swedish crowd as he made sure he and Ruiz won 6-3 in the first set.

Moyano and Cruz responded well, getting the break in the second half of the second set to draw level and force a decider: 4-6.

In another game lasting over two hours, Lima and Ruiz regained control in the third set, perhaps just outlasting their opponents. At the death, this one finished 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

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