Cordoba Open round of 32 check-up: Lima and Ruiz up and running

Pablo Lima and his new sparring partner Javi Ruíz played their first game together as the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open round of 32 got underway on Wednesday morning

Cordoba Open round of 32 check-up: Lima and Ruiz up and running

With half of the men's round of 32 games now in the past, it is time to check in on what happened in the first six games of the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open 2021.

González / Rico VS Mieres / Díaz (6-4 / 6-1)

The first game on Wednesday at the Palacio de Vista Alegre was between two classy pairs in Juan Mieres and Mati Díaz against Momo González and Javi Rico. Both duo's displayed high-quality padel at centre court, but at 3-3 in the first set, the break came. González and Rico, the ninth-ranked pair in the world, would see out the set 6-4.

The young Spaniards would put their foot down in the second set, where they were met with much less resistance. Momo and Javi Rico broke three consecutively times and punched their ticket for the round of 16. The second set finished 6-1.

Leal / Rico VS Rubio / Ramírez (7-6 / 6-2)

Court 2 saw a showdown between two sides who were both involved in last week's Alfafar Challenger. Gonzalo Rubio and Ivan Ramírez faced Javi Leal and José Rico in an all-Spanish affair, which started on very equal footing. The first set was decided after a frenetic tie-break, with Leal and Rico taking it 7-6 (5).

Like the game on centre court, the second set was much more one-sided. Leal and Rico seemingly broke serve at will, and advanced to the round of 16 after winning the second frame 6-2.

Lima / Ruiz VS Sanz / Silingo (7-5 / 6-3)

Brazilian legend Pablo Lima and his new team-mate Javi Ruíz locked horns with Jon Sanz and Agustín Silingo to get amongst the final 16 in Cordoba. While the seventh-seeded pair Lima and Ruíz were big favourites over 17th-seeded Sanz and Silingo, the first set was an equal one. Both sides kept their serve well, until Lima and Ruíz finally pounced when tied at 5-5. They broke and subsequently took the set 7-5.

The following set started out just as equal at centre court, but the game's favourites did not wait as long to break this time, breaking in the fourth game. The fresh Brazilian-Spanish combination of Lima and Ruíz protected the one-break lead until the very end. They claimed their first victory as a pair, 7-56-3.

Semmler / Alba VS Alonso / Ruiz (6-4 / 6-4)

Miguel Semmler and Sergio Alba played Edu Alonso and Víctor Ruiz in the second game of the day on court 2 in Cordoba. The first set was won by small margins as it was very levelled, Semmler and Alba eventually taking it 6-4.

The Spanish partners, who had not made the round of 16 since Valencia, did not want to let the opportunity slip. Just as close as the first set, the second forced Semmler and Alba to show great resilience and to find the break. Just like the first frame, the second finished 6-4.

Sánchez / Capra VS Luque / Del Castillo (7-5 / 6-2)

Eighth-seeded duo Maxi Sánchez and Lucho Capra made their bow in Cordoba against a pair who made the round of 32 through the qualifiers, Antonio Luque and Mario Del Castillo. The underdogs were clearly up for the game early on as nothing could split the two teams in the first set. Sánchez and Capra did however to nick it with a late break, 7-5.

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The Argentinian tandem looked much superior in the second set, fatigue perhaps setting in after an intense few days for Spaniards Luque and Del Castilla. They turned on the style and broke serve with much more ease. After an hour and 20 minutes, this game was over, the second set finishing 6-2.


Moyano / Belluati VS García / Marcos (7-5 / 3-6 / 6-3)

The last of the early Cordoba Open round of 32 games saw Argentinians Ramiro Moyano and Juan Cruz Belluati face off against Spaniards Javier García and Raúl Marcos. Both pairs started the game on the front foot, Moyano and Belluati edging it 7-5. García and Marcos flipped the script in the second set, and for the first time in the tournament, a third set was forced as the locals won 3-6. But again, the duo who had to go through the qualifying stages just seemed to run out of steam. Moyano and Belluati tightened the screws with some excellent padel. After an hour and 46 minutes, they won the deciding set 6-3 to close out the morning games in Cordoba.

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