Eight pairings survive the second Last 32 session [Vídeo]

Epic matches in the last 32 in Barcelona

Eight pairings survive the second Last 32 session [Vídeo]


The second half of the Last 32 of the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master got underway under the burning sun on centre court at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, with Gonzalo Rubio and Víctor Ruíz taking on Marcello Jardim and Juan Lebrón. Ruiz and Rubio struck first to break in the third game but the players coached by Mariano Amat broke back in the sixth game to level it up. When the first set seemed to be heading towards a tiebreak, the players coached by Severino Iezzi managed another break to win the first set 6-4Lebrón and Jardim struggled to find their game, while Rubio and Ruiz were comfortable, controlling the match with their lobs and showing some extra bite at the net.

In the second set, Lebrón and Jardim managed to hold onto serve until a golden opportunity was presented in the eleventh game. With Gonzalo Rubio on serve, Juan Lebron pulled out some trademark shots to pull himself and Jardim back into it and eventually win 7-5.

In the final set, the Andalusian and the Brazilian were spurred on by their good finish to the second set and they broke in the seventh game to take a step closer to the last sixteen. They won 6-4 after over two hours.

The second match on centre court saw Christian Fuster and Francisco Gomes take on the world number three pairing, Maxi Sánchez and Matías Díaz. After four games, favourites Mati and Maxi took a first break. They showed no cracks in their game to hold on and broke once again in the ninth game to take the first set 6-3 after 33 minutes.

In the second set, Fuster and Gomes tried to calm themselves down and cut down their unforced errors. But Mati and Maxi didn't take their feet off the pedal and broke in the fifth game and again in the seventh to destroy their opponents' hopes. A 6-2 scoreline booked their place in the last sixteen.

Borja Yribarren and Juan Manuel Vazquez played a replay of their recent encounter at the A Coruña Open against Martín Sánchez Piñeiro and José Antonio García DiestroThey've played each other in every tournament this season and it was clear to see that they knew each other inside out. The first set went to the pairing coached by Marcela Ferrari by 6-4. Diestro controlled the tempo and Sánchez Piñeiro finished most rallies off with his brutal force.

They started to pull away in the second set as their opponents made a mountain of unforced errors. Diestro and Piñeiro finished it off with more ease at 6-3 to reach the last sixteen of the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master.

Uri Botello and Fernando Poggi took on Agustín Gómez Sillingo and Maxi GrabielA clash of seasoned veterans which needed a tiebreak to decide who would take the first set. Silingo and Grabiel dealt the first blow and then made the most of a break in the second to close out the match 6-3 to reach the last sixteen after an hour and 47 minutes.

Action on court 2 would come to an end with Cristian Germán Gutiérrez - Aris Patiniotis vs. Gabriel Reca Javier ConcepciónThe Spanish/Argentine duo were well aware of the dangers of Cristian and Aris. Reca and Concepcion came out looking to dominate the match by using their best weapons. Reca brilliant lobs and off the wall returns and Javier Concepcion's presence in the air were key towards winning the first set 6-2. Meanwhile, mistakes in key moments were affecting Leo Padovani's players, who couldn't change the pattern of the match in the second set which ended 6-4 to Reca and Concepcion, who closed out the match after an hour and 28 minutes.

With all activity over at court 2, it was time to move over to centre court, where Alejandro Galán and Juan Cruz Belluati faced Álvaro Cepero and Aday Santana. The players coached by Mariano Amat took an early lead, with Belluati back at 100% after suffering from an injury in Lisbon. They made the most of the few opportunities given to them by Cepero and Santana to win the first set 6-4.

Horacio Alvarez Clementi's men weren't going to let things end in that fashion and broke at the start of the second set to take a 3-0 lead. Santana loosened his arm and Cepero found that spark that he'd been missing lately. However, Galan and Belluati got back ahead after taking three games in a row. Another break gave them a chance to close out the set, which they took 7-5 to reach the next round.

Ramiro Moyano and Adrian Allemandi took on the recent winners of the Lisbon Challenger, Gonzalo Díaz and Luciano CapraThis clash would also be the first time Allemandi and Moyano played together. After eight games and 45 minutes of play, no one managed a break. In the eleventh game, Moyano and Allemandi claimed the first break of the match and closed it out on serve to win 6-4 after 51 minutes of battle.

In the second set, Godo Diaz talent came out to play and, aided by Capra, they broke Tito and Ramiro to take a 4-1 lead. Another break in the sixth game was enough for them to claim the set 6-1.

Diaz and Capra kept that momentum up in the third set to take an early break, Allemandi and Moyano broke back to make it 3-3 as the quality of the clash was outstanding. A succession of breaks culminated in a two hour marathon match which went to Diaz and Capra by 6-4.

The day ended at the Real Club de Polo with the world number ones, Fernando Belasteguín and Pablo Lima making their debut against Matias Nicoletti and Salvador Oria.

After their recent win at the A Coruña Open, Bela and Lima made their debut in a very special tournament for them. Playing in the city they live, with a lot of support in the stands, the world number ones needed just 28 minutes to conquer the first set 6-1. A whirlwhind which Nicoletti and Oria had near to no answer for.

The pattern continued in the second set, with Bela and Lima controlling the match and winning 6-1 in 53 minutes of pure padel.

That's how the day ended in Barcelona. Thursday promises to be just as exciting at the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master.




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