Men's Cordoba Open qualifiers come to completion, one international through

Cordoba Open qualifiers are done and dusted, with one international player making it out alive and into the final draw for the tournament on Wednesday

Men's Cordoba Open qualifiers come to completion, one international through

The men's Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open qualifiers have come to completion on Tuesday evening, with four pairs managing to survive to make the final draw of the tournament.

Six 'internationals' (non-Spanish or Argentinian) players were in the qualifying stages. However, just one made it out and will be competing for the Cordoba Open crown from Wednesday onwards.

Brazilians getting close

The first of the four qualy finals on Tuesday was between Javier García and Raúl Marcos against Brazilian Lucas Bergamini and his Spanish team-mate Alejandro Arroyo. Both pairs were automatically through to the second round of qualifying because of their seeding, but García and Marcos raced out of the blocks.

Javier García excelled in the qualy final to make it through to the Cordoba Open final draw

They won the first set 6-1, but Arroyo and Bergamini fought. They forced a third set, winning 3-6 in the second, but were bested in the deciding frame 6-3.

The second final was an all-Spanish showdown between Salvador Oria and Jorge Ruíz against Antonio Luque and Mario del Castillo. Both tandems were looking to make it out of the qualifiers as they did in Menorca. Oria and Ruiz however managed to win the first set after a tie-break 6-7 (4) and the second set 4-6 to make it into the Cordoba Open tournament draw.

READ: Cordoba Open pre-qualy round-up: Internationals still alive

Next up were José Solano and Juanlu Esbri against Ricardo Martínez and another Brazilian in Francisco 'Chico' Gomes. Like his fellow countryman Bergamini before him, Chico could not make a fist in the final. The 45th ranked pair, who had to go through pre-qualy as well on Sunday and Monday, was beaten in straight sets. Solano and Esbri had been in fine form throughout qualy, not dropping a set, and they dispatched Chico Gomes and Martínez in the same fashion, 6-2 6-2.

Chico Gomes and Ricardo Martínez lost in the qualy final but left a good impression at the Cordoba Open

Chilean success

The fourth and final Cordoba Open qualifier game on Tuesday evening was between Spanish-Argentinian duo Javier González and Agustín Gutiérrez against Spaniard Joséda Sánchez and his Chilean colleague Javier Valdés.

The last game of the day was the most hotly contested one. González and Gutiérrez took the first set 7-5, but the Chilean Valdés fought back, winning both the second and third set, 4-6 and 4-6.

This means Valdés is the only international from the 19 that partook in pre-qualy and qualy to make it through to the Cordoba Open on Wednesday. He and Sánchez will face the 10th seed in Miguel Yanguas and Miguel Lamperti in the round of 32.

Chilean Valdés is the only international to make it out of the Cordoba Open qualifiers alive

Other internationals at Cordoba Open qualifiers

Apart from Valdés, who qualified, and Chico Gomes and Lucas Bergamini, who stranded in the final, three more international players were in action at the qualifying round.

Swedish pre-qualy hero Daniel Windahl and his Argentinian partner Martín Andornino won the first round on Monday with ease, 6-1 6-0, but were beaten in straight sets in the second round. Eventual winners Luque and Del Castillo beat them 2-6 4-6.

Frenchman Benjamin Tison and Uruguayan Diego Ramos did not get past the first round in their respective pairs.

Have a look below at the full results of the qualifiers for the Cervezas Victoria Cordoba Open 2021:

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