Diogo Rocha and João Bastos make history for Portuguese padel

A couple of Portuguese players get into the 1/8 round of a professional circuit tournament for the first time. Diogo Rocha and Joao Bastos made the hundreds of fans who fulfilled the stands of the Club VII rave with their great triumph in three sets against Raúl Marcos Durán and Raúl Díaz, and get into the Lisboa Challenger top 16 couples.  

Diogo Rocha and João Bastos make history for Portuguese padel


The third chance was the good one thought Diogo Rocha when he had to face the players from Madrid again. This is because at the Barcelona Master and at the last Las Rozas Open, precisely the Raules were the ones to deprive the Portuguese and Pincho Fernandez from Extremadura from entering the main draw.

Diogo Rocha and João Bastos had already made history reaching the 1/16 round, after defeating Roberto Rodríguez and Miguel González in the international qualifiers. This was a great step for the Portuguese couple, and today they showed it didn't happen by accident.


Things didn't start very good for Rocha and Bastos, who lost the first set by a hard 6/2. Nevertheless, they responded with the same kind and won the second by the same result forcing the game into the third.

Tension was growing in the Club VII stands. Fans didn't stop cheering for their couple and hit every ball together.


The third set was extremely matched, with no break chances, until the eighth game that decided the duel.

With Raúl Marcos Durán serving came the first break option and the Portuguese didn't miss the opportunity.

Joao Bastos had with his serve the chance to close the match. The first two points were for the Spaniards... 0-30. But three consecutive points brought the match ball. The players from Madrid saved it with a lot of trouble but when the second chance came it was going to be definitive. The point, the game, the hug, the classification, the never ending shouts of the fans and the big celebration for this deserved pass of Rocha and Bastos into the Lisboa Challenger 1/8 round.


Maybe one of the most excited people was Ricardo Oliveira, President of the Portuguese Padel Federation. The man that suffered Rocha's elimination in the Barcelona Master trough his phone and was close to traveling to Catalonian lands if they passed. That man that in 2013, when the first World Padel Tour tournament got to Lisbon talked about his projects with excitement. That man that in 2014 supported from the Federation all Portuguese players so they could participate in more events of the circuit. That man is today happy because the project and hard work are paying off.

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