Cdmx Open draw definitive as qualifiers conclude

One international made it through qualifying to make the Cdmx Open draw as we recap all of the qualy and pre-qualy action

Cdmx Open draw definitive as qualifiers conclude

The Cdmx Open draw is now full and complete as the qualifying and pre-qualifying stages have concluded last week.

The Mexican tournament takes place between 1-5 December at the Centro Libanés Unidad Alfredo 'Fredy' Atala in Mexico City.

As was the case for the Buenos Aires Padel Master, the qualifying rounds were held at the club Rivapadel in Madrid, where four pairs would earn a ticket to Mexico to fight for glory.

Pre-qualifying saw three of the 15 international players - players not from Spain or Argentina - make it through. Daniel Windahl, who plays his home tournament in Sweden this week, as well as Brazilian Francisco Gomes and the Portuguese Pedro Araújo survived.

Bergamini / Ruiz VS Sánchez / Valdés (3-6 / 6-1 / 7-6) 

The first game on Wednesday afternoon saw Jorge Ruiz and his Brazilian team-mate Lucas Bergamini play Joséda Sánchez and Chilean Javier Valdés.

It was the latter pair who started strongest, breaking early in the first set. While Bergamini and Ruiz found a break back late, they were counter-broken straightaway, and the first frame ended 3-6.

Bergamini and Ruiz controlled the tempo in the second set, however, and did not allow their rivals to breathe. Playing on the front-foot for the whole game, they broke serve twice and won the set with authority - 6-1.

The third and deciding set saw Sánchez and Valdés impressively stop their opponents' momentum. A match full of intensity and excitement, the Chilean-Spanish tandem had multiple match points. Bergamini and Ruiz weathered the storm, however, and won the match in a tie-break 7-6. After two hours and 15 minutes, they can book their tickets to Mexico next month, where they will play Juan Martín Díaz and Pablo Lijó in the round of 32.

 

Sans / Fuster VS Cepero / Méndez (6-2 / 3-6 / 6-3)

Next-up was a duel between Antón Sans-Christian Fuster and Álvaro Cepero-Rafa Méndez. Sans and Fuster were out on a mission early doors, establishing dominance in the first set and playing terrific padel. They broke at the first time of asking and added a second, winning the set 6-2.

The match got turned on its head in the second set, however, as Cepero and Méndez seemed to have woken up. It was their time to dominate now, the Andalusian tandem looking strong while serving and managing to break on top of it. They took it 3-6 to force another decider at the club Rivapadel.

In it, Antón Sans and Christian Fuster refound the form they showed at the start of the match. They found another gear, one that their opponents did not seem to have. They won the set 6-3 in a match that lasted only an hour and 10 minutes despite there being three sets. Sans and Fuster will face Jon Sanz and Agustín Silingo in Mexico.

 

Oria / Arroyo VS Luque / Del Castillo (4-6 / 6-3 / 6-2)

The third game of the late afternoon saw Antonio Luque and Mario Del Castillo square off against Salva Oria and Alejandro Arroyo.

After an equal start to the match, the score tied at four games a piece, Luque and Del Castillo were the pair to strike first, breaking serve to make it 4-5. They held serve, and with it, they took the first set 4-6.

Oria and Arroyo must have had a good pep talk between sets as they came out guns blazing in the second frame. They raced to a 4-0 advantage, perhaps surprising their opponents with their new-found confidence. While Oria and Arroyo broke back once, they could not erase the two-break advantage. It finished 6-3 and we would have yet another third set.

The decider started cautiously, until Oria and Arroyo cranked things up a few notches. Again, they broke serve twice, and took the final set 6-2 to qualify for the Cdmx Open draw. In the round of 32, they will play Cordoba Open finalists Álex Ruiz and Franco Stupaczuk.

Quílez / Bueno VS Muñoz / Ayats (6-4 / 6-4)

The final ticket for the Cdmx Open draw early next month was fought out between four Spaniards as Jaime Muñoz and Arnau Ayats played pre-qualy victors Marc Quílez and Toni Bueno. Despite being the underdogs, Quílez and Bueno found an early break, continuing to show the fine form that got them this far into the draw. They held their nerve and their serve until the end, winning the first set 6-4.

Bueno and Quílez could smell victory, and they got another early break in the second set. The 41st ranked pair in the tournament got another break but were counter-broken, but Muñoz and Ayats could never take the extra step and draw level. The second set finished 6-4 as well, meaning Quílez and Bueno have made it all the way from pre-qualifying to the final draw. In it, they will play Momo González and Javi Rico.

 

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