Cordoba Open round of 16: Galán & Lebrón start quest for more glory

The five final games of the Cordoba Open round of 16 saw the tournament debut of favourites Ale Galán and Juan Lebrón, who look for their third straight tournament win

Cordoba Open round of 16: Galán & Lebrón start quest for more glory

The second leg of the Thursday games at the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open round of 16 offered plenty of entertainment as the draw is taking shape.

Number ones Ale Galán and Juan Lebrón were action for the first time this week, as they look to take their third straight tournament win.

Galán / Lebrón (1) VS Yanguas / Lamperti (6-3 / 6-1)

The first game at the Pabellón de Vista Alegre saw number ones and overwhelming favourites Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón play Mike Yanguas and Miguel Lamperti. Galán and Lebrón stepped on the gas early and got an early break, which they duely held on to. The Spanish partners won the opening frame 6-3.

While Yanguas and Lamperti tried to get back in it in the second set, the joint-number one players in world padel were simply superior on the 20 by 10, breaking consecutive serves to open the set. They got the Cordoba crowd their money's worth with some spectacular shots, and closed out the second set and the game 6-1.

Lima / Ruiz (7) VS Leal / Rico (7-5 / 4-1) - Injury

After winning their first game as a partnership on Wednesday, Pablo Lima and Javi Ruiz would next be tested by Javi Leal and José Rico for a place in the quarter-final. The first set was impossible to predict, with the momentum swinging back and forth until it was tied at 5-5. At that point, Lima and Ruiz managed to break, winning the opening set 7-5.

In the set that followed, the seventh seed were displaying good padel as they broke twice in a row. Then, the game was brought to a halt as Javi Leal needed treatment on an injury. The game would not continue, meaning, Lima and Ruiz are through with the second set stopped at 4-1.

Stupaczuk / Ruiz (5) VS Díaz / Lijo (6-1 / 6-3)

The Palacio de Vista Alegre would next be witness to a good contest between Franco Stupaczuk and Álex Ruiz against Juan Martín Díaz and Pablo Lijó. The number five pairing, the favourites heading into this match, were dominant to start things off. They broke serve time and again, quickly racing to a 6-1 set win.

Stupa and Ruiz continued looking impressive in the following set. At the second time of asking, they broke serve again. They would not give up this advantage, and they won this Cordoba Open round of 16 fixture to book their ticket among the final eight. This one finished 6-16-3.

Sánchez / Capra (8) VS Fernández / García (6-4 / 6-3)

The second game on court 2 was an Argentinian-Spanish fight as locals Antonio F. Cano and José A. García Diestro played Lucho Capra and Maxi Sánchez.

It was the 18th against the eighth-ranked pair in the World Padel Tour rankings, with a place in the quarter-finals within reach. Capra and Sánchez have already made that stage four times, while Cano and García Diestro have yet to survive an Open for that long.

Both teams kept serve well, until a Gold Point provided a breakthrough for Sánchez and Capra. They held their subsequent serve, and won the opening set 6-4. 

It was a game decided in the finer margins, and those margins were better dealt with by the Argentinians. The second set took one game less, and Capra and Sánchez are once again quarter-finalists. The seventh game of the day finished 6-4, 6-3.

Tello / Chingotto (4) VS Garrido / Campagnolo (7-5 / 6-3)

One more ticket was to be dished out for the Cordoba Open final eight on Thursday. Fighting for it were Argentinian powerhouse duo Juan Tello and Fede Chingotto, facing Spaniard Javi Garrido and Brazilian Lucas Campagnolo. The first act was fairly equal, both sides getting a break each. Fourth-seeded Tello and Chingotto then took their chance and stole the first set 7-5.

In front of the adoring fans at the Palacio de Vista Alegre, the second set started with a break from the favourites of the game. Local hero Garrido fought back, but were outgunned in the latter half of the set. Tello and Chingotto showed no mercy and won the second frame 6-3, booking their ticket to the quarter-finals after an hour and 40 minutes.

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