Tapia and Lima react on time

Tapia and Lima react on time

Sánchez/Capra VS Tello/Chingotto

Maximiliano Sánchez and Luciano Capra marched into the semis at the Estrella Damm Las Rozas Open on Friday. Thanks to a straight sets victory over Fede Chingotto and Juan Tello in an all-Argentinian tie in the first quarter final of the day.

In a repeat of last month’s final at the Valladolid Master 2021, the result again went to the pairing of Sanchez and Capra who only started playing together for the first time in April.

And the first set was straight forward for the higher ranked pairing, currently 5th and 8th on this season’s World Padel Tour ranking. And was taken with the loss of just two games.

But there was more fight from Chingotto and Tello in the second set which went with serve and all the way to a tie-break, that Sanchez and Capra finally took 7-3 to make their way into Saturday’s semi-finals.

Belasteguín/Gutiérrez VS Lamperti/Yanguas

Miguel Yanguas and Miguel Lamperti finally went down fighting over three sets in the second quarter final of the day in Las Rozas.

The surprise partnership of the tournament so far, known as the Two Mikes only started playing together in the build up to this tournament. But they took the first set over the far more experienced Sanyo Gutiérrez and Fernando Belasteguín with a tie break after neither pair lost their serve. It was not to be easy however, and this epic tie was to go on for over two and half hours before going the way of Sanyo and the legendary Bela.

The second set also looked as it was going to a tie break until Sanyo and Bela made a breakthrough at 6-5 to levels things up.
In the third set the quality of the number two seeds showed as they raced into a 3- 1 lead, but the experience and guile of Lamperti who is 42, and the confidence of 19-year-old Yanguas helped bring the set back to 3-3. From then on, the set went with serve as the first two did, until the break finally came again at 6-5 for Sanyo and Bela on the serve of Lamperti.

At 30-Love up it seemed the third set would be going all the way, but Sanyo and Bela dug in to win four straight points to finally break again and set up a semi final clash on Saturday with Maximiliano Sánchez and Luciano Capra.

Lima/Tapia VS Rico/Ruiz

Pablo Lima and Agustín Tapia made it into the semifinals at Las Rozas with a tough three sets victory over Víctor Ruiz and Josete Rico. The eventual winners took an uneventful first set by six games to one but were forced to a third set when things did not go all their own way in the second, going down by six games to three.

It looked as though the third set would be tight until the Argentine-Brazilian pairing broke in the sixth game and held their service to make it 5-2. At this stage the match had ran away from the Spaniards and a final break to love saw Lima and Tapia through by a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 scoreline.

Galán/Lebrón VS Stupaczuk/Ruiz

Number one seeds Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón defeated Franco Stupaczuk and Álex Ruiz in the final game on Friday to make it into Saturday’s semifinals at Las Rozas.

The number one seeds raced into a lead dropping just one game in a 28 minute first set. But they did not have it all their own way and lost the second by six games to four. The final set saw both pairings playing some sparkling stuff. As the tension rose it went with service until the tenth game when the favourites to win the event took their opportunity and broke Stupaczuk’s serve for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win. They now face Pablo Lima and Agustín Tapia in Saturday’s semifinal.

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