Four pairings make the quarters in the morning session in Zaragoza

Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco Stupaczuk overcome a tricky match against Martín Sánchez Piñeiro and Willy Lahoz

Four pairings make the quarters in the morning session in Zaragoza

Thursday morning saw the last sixteen get underway. The Pabellón Príncipe Felipe was ready to stage eight battles to reach the quarter finals of the Estrella Damm Zaragoza OpenA marathon of matches that would leave just eight surviving duos.

Campagnolo/Bergamini vs Rico/Ruíz

Two young pairings looking to make their second quarter finals of the season:  Lucas Campagnolo -Lucas Bergamini vs José Rico -Víctor Ruiz was the first match of the day. The first pairing to break was Bergamini-Campagnolo in the fifth game but Rico and Ruiz broke back in the sixth. Both duos would hold onto their serves from then until the end of the set, which ended in a tiebreak which Rico and Ruiz claimed. The Brazilians changed the script in the second set, taking a 4-2 lead. But once again, Rico and Ruiz found a way to get back in it with a break in the seventh game. This time Bergamini and Campagnolo struck right back to make it 5-3 and serve it out to win 6-3 and force a third set. The third set started with both pairings struggling to hold onto their serves. In the eighth game, Rico and Ruiz had four break points but didn't convert any. At 6-5 and on return, they even had two break points, but once again they didn't capitalise. The Brazilians held on and then win the tiebreak to make it through in three hours and ten minutes. The 'Lucas's' got their revenge against the pairing that knocked them out in Alicante.

Gutiérrez/Stupaczuk vs Piñeiro/Lahoz

The number four seeds got their tournament underway next as Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco Stupaczuk vs Martín Sánchez Piñeiro and Guillermo Lahoz. The Spanish duo started the match stronger and took the first three games. Piñeiro was making the most of the quick conditions with his powerful strokes and Lahoz was backing him up well with his usual precise touch. Another break in the eighth game closed the set for the Spaniards at 6-2. The favourites reacted in the second set with a break in the third game. Franco Stupaczuk started to connect volleys at the net and Cristian pushed forward in an attempt to control the match. This worked wonders for the Argentines who won 6-1. The tempo was sky high and we were in the third set with only an hour on the clock. Cristian and Stupa had found the formula to dominate and they broke right away to lead 2-0. In the end they won 6-2 with Cristian Gutierrez connecting a stunning shot to close out the match.

Gadea/Santana vs Moyano/Capra

The third quarter finalist would come from Ignacio Gadea -Aday Santana vs Ramiro Moyano -Luciano CapraBoth pairings were looking for their first quarter final apperance of the season. Capra and Moyano took the initial advantage with a break in the first game. Gadea and Santana responded immediately and made it 1-1. No one seemed to control the match, as there was another break for Moyano and Capra to lead 3-1. The Argentines settled down and dominated thereafter and won the set 6-2. Nothing changed in the second set, which started with a break for the South Americans. Another break paved the way for them as they won 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes.

Botello/Ruíz vs Lamperti/Mieres

The morning session ended with Uri Botello - Javier Ruíz vs Juani Mieres Miguel Lamperti. There were ups and downs at the start of the match with several breaks. Every time Javier Ruiz attacked, Lamperti responded. The Spaniards broke in the seventh game to lead 4-3 and they held on firmly to win the set 6-4 in under 45 minutes. The duo from Bahia Blanca was not going to throw in the towel however. They took the first five games of the second set. Ruiz and Botello managed to reover a break to make it 5-2 but it was too little to late and they lost the set 6-3. The third set was an all out battle to try and reach the quarter finals. Mieres and Lamperti broke in the seventh game and pounced to win 6-4.

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