Huge surprises in the afternoon session of the last sixteen at the Valladolid Open

Bela and Lima are knocked out by Chico Gomes and Fede Quiles, while Cristian and Stupa fall to Rivera and Company  

Huge surprises in the afternoon session of the last sixteen at the Valladolid Open

The afternoon session of the Valladolid Open 2018 gave fans the chance to see the big names, but plenty of them were taken to the sword.

La sesión vespertina de octavos del Valladolid Open 2018 iba a comenzar con gran expectación por parte del público vallisoletano que tendría la ocasión de ver en acción a los "pesos pesados" del ranking mundial.

Belasteguín/Lima vs Gomes/Quilez

The world number one duo was looking to recover their form in Valladolid. Fernando Belasteguín and Pablo Lima took on Francisco "Chico"Gomes and Federico Quiles. The duo coached by Miguel Sciorilli came out all guns blazing and won the first set 6-2 in an hour. The match got much tighter in the second set. The number ones held onto their serve and looked for a chance to break and take an advantage. But that chance never came and the set headed into a tiebreak, where Gomes and Quiles stunned the number ones to win 7-6. Some doubts started to creep into Bela and Lima's game and Gomez/Quiles stormed away to take the first three games. They held on to pull off a massive upset, winning 6-3 and dumping out the number one seeds.

Gutiérrez/Stupaczuk vs Company/Rivera

The number four seeds, Cristian Gutierrez and Franco Stupaczuk got their first taste of action in Valladolid against Gerard Company and Rubén Rivera, who had come through a tough qualifying process and opening round. Cristian and Stupa just edged out the first set 6-4 in under thirty minutes. In the second set, Rivera and Company got their first break and forced a third set by winning 6-3. The third set was tighter than the previous and ended up going to a tiebreak which Company and Rivera took to pull off yet another upset.

Gutiérrez/Sánchez vs Alonso/Nicoletti

With two surprises already on the board, Sanyo Gutiérrez and Maxi Sánchez kept their withs about them in their clash against Peter Alonso-Martínez and Matías Nicoletti. Maxi's court coverage allowed Sanyo to shine. They won the first set 6-4 in under 48 minutes. The most in-form pairing on tour didn't drop their tempo in the second set and won 6-3 to advance to the quarter finals.

Gadea/Santana vs Lamperti/Mieres

Ignacio González Gadea and Aday Santana took on Juan Mieres and Miguel Lamperti in the last clash of the day. The speed of the court had dropped as night time had fallen, and both pairings had to work much harder to grind out every point. Still, Lamperti and Santana wanted to try and play a powerful game. The duo from Bahia Blanca took an advantage with a break in the sixth game. They seemed to be in control but there was an exchange of breaks at the end of the set which threatened to change the outcome. However, they stayed cool and won 6-3 in 43 minutes.

The quarter finals of the Valladolid Open 2018 are ready to go.




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