Cordoba Open round of 16 morning shift: Paquito, Di Nenno shine in first game

Thursday morning featured three of the eight games in the Cordoba Open round of 16, with two-seed Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno making their bow

Cordoba Open round of 16 morning shift: Paquito, Di Nenno shine in first game

We are down to the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open round of 16, with three games being played on Thursday morning.

Two of the top-four pairs, who automatically place in the round of 16, made their tournament debut - discover how they got on below!

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Gutiérrez / Tapia (3) VS Moyano / Belluati (6-2 / 3-6 / 6-3)

The first game of the day was at centre court, an all-Argentinian showdown between three-seed Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia against Ramiro Moyano and Juan Cruz Belluati. The game started with a high-quality, high-intensity brand of padel from the favourites Gutiérrez and Tapia. They wanted to stamp their authority on the 20 by 10 early and did so by breaking serve twice. The first set finished 6-2.

In the following set, both pairs got a break early as things looked much more equal. In the seventh game, it was Moyano and Belluati who broke for a second time. The 15th-seeded pair upset the number three by winning the set 3-6 to force a decider.

The Argentinian battle remained tied for the first four games in the third set, when the overwhelming favourites did finally get the breakthrough. Sanyo and Tapia broke serve at 2-2, and protected serve until the end: 6-3. While it took an hour and 40 minutes, the three-seed stays alive.

Coello / Belasteguín (6) VS Semmler / Alba (6-1 / 6-2)

The second game of the second day was also the second game of the second tournament Arturo Coello and Fernando Belasteguín played together since becoming a pair. They played Miguel Semmler and Sergio Alba at centre court.

The favourites Coello and Bela broke in the very first game, only to be counter-broken straightaway. However, the sixth-seeded then imposed their will, counter-counter-breaking to go up 2-1 and not losing a single game after. The first set ended 6-1.

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The second set was again all about 42-year-old Bela and his teenage team-mate. They broke twice to start the set, showing the great potential these two could have as a duo. 19th-placed pair Semmler and Alba could not get a foot in the door. The game finished 6-1, 6-2 after an hour and 10.

Navarro / Di Nenno (2) VS González / Rico (7-5 / 6-4)

The last Cordoba Open round of 16 game before lunch featured one of the favourites to win the whole tournament. Francisco 'Paquito' Navarro and his Argentinian running mate Martín Di Nenno played ninth-seed Momo González and Javi Rico.

Paquito and Di Nenno started off well, breaking at the first time of asking. Their Spanish opponents responded with a counter-break, however, and put the number two ranked pair under pressure. Tied at 5-5, the favourites finally broke through and won 7-5.

After winning the first, Paquito and Di Nenno cranked up the heat in the second set. They got the Cordoba crowd out of their seats with their typical spectacular brand of padel. Momo and Javi Rico tried to slow them down, but eventually conceded the deciding break, and the game finished 7-56-4.

Stay tuned to find out how the number ones, Ale Galán and Juan Lebrón, get on as they start their quest for their third straight tournament win!

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