Malmö Padel Open Round of 32: Stupaczuk, Belasteguín start quest for silverware

The Malmö Padel Open round of 32 is up and running, with Franco Stupaczuk, Pablo Lima and Fernando Belasteguín all in action at centre court!

Malmö Padel Open Round of 32: Stupaczuk, Belasteguín start quest for silverware

The Areco Malmö Padel Open Round of 32 has begun at the Malmö Arena on Wednesday morning.

Franco Stupaczuk and Alejandro Ruiz were in action, looking to do one better after their finals appearance in Cordoba.

Fernando Belasteguín has also started his tournament with teenage partner Arturo Coello, the two looking to make their first final.

Here is what happened in the early shift on Wednesday on the men's side of the Areco Malmö Padel Open Round of 32.

Stupaczuk/Ruiz (5) VS Zaratiegui/Martínez (7-5 / 6-1)

Centre court at the Malmö Arena first saw Cordoba finalists Alex Ruiz and Franco Stupaczuk take to the 20 by 10. Their opponents were 22nd placed duo Íñigo Zaratiegui and Javier Martínez Vázquez.

Against expectations, Ruiz and Stupa found themselves 2-5 down in the first set, Zaratiegui and Martínez coming out of the gates firing on all cylinders.

Impressively, however, the number five pair then won five straight games to take the first set 7-5.

The favourites were not about to be surprised again and put their foot on the gas. In the second set, Zaratiegui and Martínez never got a sniff and were dispatched 6-1.

Silingo/Sanz VS González/Rico (5-7 / 6-2 / 6-2)

Court 2 at the Malmö Arena saw a great match of padel on Wednesday morning between Agustín G. Silingo and Jon Sanz up against Jeronimo Momo González and Javier Rico.

González and Rico have made it a habit to make the round of 16, having done so every time since Malaga. Silingo and Sanz failed to make the final 16 just last time out in Cordoba.

The first set was the best one of all, both sides respecting their opponents and not finding that two-game cushion. This cushion was found at the final time of asking, however, as González and Rico took it to win the first set 5-7.

The second set was a different story. Silingo and Sanz were dominant, breaking not once but twice and ran away with it 6-2.

More of the same followed in the decider, the nine-seeded González and Rico being outplayed by the 21st-ranked pair. Another 6-2 put Silingo and Sanz through, and they will now face three-seed Daniel Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia in the round of 16.

Lima/Ruiz (8) VS Ruiz/Alonso (4-6 / 6-1 / 6-4)

Next up on centre court were Javi Ruiz and former number one Pablo Lima, who kicked off their campaign in Sweden against Víctor Ruiz and Edu Alonso.

Despite it being the eighth seed against the 19th seed, Alonso and Víctor Ruiz were the ones who took charge of the first set. They broke, but more impressively, managed to hold on to their serve to see out the set 4-6.

In the second set, the difference in ranking showed. Lima and Javi Ruiz were playing with immense intensity, which went unmatched. 6-1 showed on the scoreboard in no-time.

The third set was more equal, but eventually, the favourites took it with a single break's advantage. This one ended 5-7 / 6-1 / 6-4.

Allemandi/Nieto vs Fernández/García (6-3 / 7-5)

Next up on court 2 were Adrián Allemandi and Jorge Coki Nieto vs Antonio Fernández and José Antonio García Diestro.

Allemandi and Nieto were the rankings' favourites as they rank 11th, and the Spanish-Argentinian tandem showed this in the first set. In control of the tempo of the game, they took care of service games with ease and made their opponents work for every point. The inevitable break came, and the set finished 6-3.

Pincho and Diestro put up more of a fight in the second set, with things still levelled 11 games in. Then, Allemandi and Nieto pounced to make it 7-5, and book their ticket to the round of 16 with it.

Belasteguín/Coello (6) VS Bergamini/Ruiz (6-1 / 6-1)

The combination of experience and youth of Fernando Belasteguín and Arturo Coello were up next on centre court, facing qualifying victors Lucas Bergamini and Jorge Ruiz.

The Brazilian Bergamini was the only international to survive qualifying, but he and Ruiz seemed out of their depth against the player whom many consider the greatest of all time in Belasteguín.

Bela and teenager Coello did not want to be surprised and took care of business. Perhaps tired from playing two qualifying games in the 24 hours prior, Bergamini and Ruiz were dispatched 6-1 6-1. The match lasted about an hour at the Malmö Arena.

Del Castillo/Luque VS Leal/Rico (6-4 / 2-6 / 6-2)

A two-hour epic was next on the menu as Mario Del Castillo and Antonio Luque locked horns with Javier Leal and José Rico.

Del Castillo and Luque looked to rush their opponents early-on and found the break and the two-game cushion they craved. The first set finished 6-4 to the 32nd ranked pair.

In the second set, the script was flipped. Leal and Rico were doing the breaking now, doing so twice and getting a 2-6 win in the second frame.

Speaking of flipping scripts, it again happened in the third set. Del Castillo and Luque found an extra gear, and gave a 6-2 of their own to the 17th-ranked Leal and Rico, knocking them out and advancing into the round of 16.

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