Galán and Lebrón sent packing in spectacular CDMX Open quarter-finals

This week in Mexico has been all about upsets, and we have had another one in the CDMX Open quarter-finals as the number ones were sent packing.

Galán and Lebrón sent packing in spectacular CDMX Open quarter-finals

This week in Mexico has been all about upsets, and we have had another one in the CDMX Open quarter-finals as the number ones were sent packing.

With four of the top eight pairs already out before the quarter-finals, the tricky conditions in Mexico City have proven ideal for underdogs

Without further ado, here is what happened in the four matches at the Centro Libanés centre court on Friday!

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Yanguas/Lamperti VS Silingo/Sanz

The first CDMX Open quarter-finals game featured Los MikesMiguel Yanguas and Miguel Lamperti who faced giant slayers Agustín Gómez Silingo and Jon Sanz at centre court.

21st seeded Silingo and Sanz had already caused a major upset on Thursday, knocking out three-seed Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia. In their first Open quarter-finals of the year, however, they struggled to break down their opponents.

Breaking in the eighth game, Yanguas and Lamperti found the breakthrough. Seeing out the set on their own service, the opening act finished 6-3.

The tempo was upped in the second set. With four straight breaks, two for each pair, the intensity rose at the Centro Libanés. At 5-5, the deciding break would finally come. Yanguas and Lamperti found it, and after almost two hours, they won 6-3, 7-5.

Galán/Lebrón (1) VS Ruiz/Stupaczuk (5)

Next up at centre court were the number ones Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón, who faced the fifth seed in Franco Stupaczuk and Alejandro Ruiz.

In the seventh time this season these two pairs meet, with Lebrón and Galán winning four of the previous six, the number ones started brilliantly. They broke straightaway but were met with a counter-break from their Spanish-Argentinian opposition. At 3-2 down, Stupa and Ruiz came back to break and win the set 6-4.

Galán and Lebrón could confirm number one status with a tournament win in Mexico, but could not find a way through in the second set. It went all the way to 5-5, where a crucial gold point went Stupa and Ruiz's way. As they did in Cordoba most recently, Stupaczuk and Ruiz knocked out the number ones, meaning the fight for number one will go down to the Master Final. This match finished 6-4, 7-5.

Navarro/Di Nenno (2) VS González/Rico

The third match-up in the CDMX Open quarter-finals featured the numbers two Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno. Jerónimo Momo González and Javier Rico were their opponents at centre court as they looked to make it through to the semi-finals.

After seeing the number ones go out, Navarro and Di Nenno started this match with determination. They broke twice to start it off, taking a 4-0 lead. Counter-breaking once, González and Rico could not repair all the damage. The first set finished 6-3 to two-seeded Navarro and Di Nenno.

As night fell over Mexico City and temperatures dropped, the Spanish-Argentinian duo took another 5-2 lead in the set after excellent play and two breaks. Momo and Javi Rico did not down their tools, however, who got it all the way back to 5-5. Then, Navarro and Di Nenno counter-broke to re-take the lead, and saw it out this time. After two-and-a-half hours, it finished 6-3, 7-5.

With Galán and Lebrón knocked out, a tournament win could see Di Nenno and Navarro take over the number one spot.

Chingotto/Tello (4) VS Belluati/Moyano

The fourth and final match on Friday night saw the longest-serving active male pairing Fede Chingotto and Juan Tello take on fellow Argentinians Juan Cruz Belluati and Ramiro Moyano.

While the rankings have not meant much this tournament, the standings' favourites Chingotto and Tello were the better side in the first set. Getting the vital break point, they saw the opening act out 6-3.

Chingotto and Tello started the second act aggressively, taking a 3-0 lead early. Belluati and Moyano did find a counter-break but were then met by a cascade of winners from the number four seed. With three straight breaks, it ended 6-4 to Chingotto and Tello.

The four-seed are through to their first semi-final since the Barcelona Master back in September, and just like they did in that final, they will face Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno in Saturday's CDMX Open semi-final.

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