Half of the last sixteen draw is completed [Vídeo]

Half of the last sixteen lineup is completed at the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master

Half of the last sixteen draw is completed [Vídeo]

One half of the first round of the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master took place on Tuesday, with eight fascinating matches deciding who would reach the last 16. Activity on centre court at the Real Club de Polo started with Pablo Lijo and Guillermo Lahoz taking on Antonio Luque and Diogo Rocha.

The newly formed pairing looked good from the start, with Lahoz dominating and Lijo displaying his power. Just one break was enough for them to take the first set 6-4. In the second, Lijo and Lahoz pulled away and won 6-1 in under an hour and ten minutes to reach the last sixteen of the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master.

The first match on court 2 was Ruben Rivera - Gerard Company vs. Adrián Blanco Antelo - Diego Ramos. A tie break was needed in a very even first set and it was the Catalans who held their nerve to clinch it. The second set was just as exciting with Ramos and Blanco looking to fight back but finding no way past Company and Rivera who won 7-5 to reach the next round in Barcelona.

Next on centre court it was time for the number 2 seeds, Paquito Navarro and Sanyo Gutiérrez to make their first appearance as they came up against Germán Tamame and Nacho Gadea. The players coached by Ramiro Choya came out firing on all cylinders, claiming the first five games after 13 minutes and sealing the set 6-1. However, things would change in the second set, with Gadea and Tamame upping their game. They even took a 4-1 lead but the number twos reacted and came back to win it 7-6 in just over an hour and seven minutes of play.

Juan Manuel Restrivo and José Rico were appearing in the main draw for the third time this season, while their opponents Lucho Soliverez and Agustín Tapia were making their debut on this scene. Rico and Restrivo got off to an electric start and won the first set 6-1 with their speed, courage and control at the net setting the difference. In the second set, Tapia and Soliverez started to pick up their game and levelled the match at a set apiece by winning 6-2.

In the third set it was time for Rico and Restrivo to react as they won 6-2 and reached the last sixteen after an hour and 48 minutes.

The penultimate match on centre court saw Javier Escalante and Toni Bueno square off with Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco StupaczukBueno and Escalante dominated the start of the match and didn't allow two top players like Cristian and Stupa to get into their groove. The Argentines got going just in time and won 6-3 after 44 minutes.

The Argentine duo had found the way of hurting their opponents and with Cristian anticipating his opponents' moves and Stupa covering the entire court, they took the second set 6-3 as well to reach the next round.

Raul Diaz and Raul Marcos took on Seba Nerone and Alex Ruíz for a place in the last sixteen. After reaching the final of the Lisbon Challenger just two days ago, Ruiz and Nerone kept up their good form to dominate from start to finish. The first set went to Rodrigo Ovide's men 6-3. The "Rauls" had no response and the second set followed a similar pattern. The Argentine and the Andalusian reached the last sixteen after an hour and 17 minutes as daylight started to diminish at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona.

The last match on centre court would be the debut of Miguel Lamperti and Matías Marina against another new pairing, Federico Quiles and Jordi Muñoz. An attractive duel that got off to an even start. Quiles had everyone holding their breath momentarily when he hurt his left ankle at 3-2 up. Funnily enough, they managed the first break of the match when he returned to court. An advantage they held on to until the end of the first set to win 6-4.

Gustavo Pratto's men reacted. Marina looked more comfortable in the second set on the forehand court and Miguel Lamperti started to find his trademark strokes. This combination helped Lamperti and Marina to win the second set 6-1. The match would have to be decided in a third set where Marina and Lamperti looked increasingly impressive and broke in the fourth game to lead 3-1. Another break in the sixth left Leo Padovani's pupils on the brink of defeat, which finally came at 6-1 in an hour and 43 minutes.

The last pairing to reach the last sixteen would come from Juan Tello - Federico Chingotto vs Peter Alonso - Javier RuízThe Spanish pairing, coached by Ramiro Choya, showed great focus in the first set. Ruiz was tremendously intense and Alonso proved that he's starting to regain sensations after his wrist surgery, leaving Chingotto and Tello with no response. A clear 6-2 put the Spaniards ahead. Not much changed in the second set, as Peter Alonso and Javier Ruíz won 6-4.

Tuesday came to an end with eight pairings reaching the last 16. The battle continues from 10am at the Real Club de Polo as another eight pairings look to be among the sixteen best duos at the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master.

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