New top pairings in action as Miami's round of 32 reaches completion

Wednesday saw the completion of the Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022 round of 32, with some of the most high-profile new pairings in action at the Island Gardens in Miami.

New top pairings in action as Miami's round of 32 reaches completion

Wednesday saw the completion of the Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022 round of 32, with some of the most high-profile new pairings in action at the Island Gardens in Miami.

The top four seeds who are active in the round of 32 were also all in full effect on Wednesday, the highest four seeds automatically qualifying for the round of 16.

Without further ado, here is how all six remaining first-round matches played out at the three courts at the Island Gardens.

Chingotto/Tello (5) - Fuster/Sans

The first men's round of 32 match on Wednesday to reach its conclusion featured fifth seed Federico Chingotto and Juan Tello against qualifying victors Christian Fuster and Antón Sans.

Chingotto and Tello remain the longest-standing partnership in the men's Circuit, and that chemistry on the court showed in a big way. The one-two punch of Chingotto, who 'prepares' the points, and El Gato Tello who comes to kill them off gave them a 6-3 win in the first set.

More of the same in the second set, where the Argentinians got their break and held on to it. After just over an hour, this one finished 6-3 6-4. They will face Sergio Alba and Álvaro Cepero.

Belluati/Moyano - Gil/Silingo

Court 3 at the Island Gardens hosted Juan Cruz Belluati and Ramiro Moyano against Francisco Gil and Agustín Silingo.

A good match-up on paper, the opening set started in equal fashion. When Belluati and Moyano found the breakthrough, however, there was no turning back.

Winning the first set 6-3, the second frame was much more one-sided. It finished 6-1, and Belluati/Moyano will face Paquito Navarro and Martín Di Nenno next.

Ruiz/Capra (8) - Alonso/Moya

Another brand-new pairing of Javi Ruiz and Luciano "Lucho" Capra made its debut on Wednesday as they took on Jesús Moya and Eduardo Alonso.

In the most one-sided affair of the day, Ruiz and Capra could not have dreamt of a better start to their life as a partnership, dropping just one game in the entire match.

They dispatched Moya and Alonso 6-1 6-0 in under an hour, showing absolutely no mercy as they cruised to the round of 16.

Belasteguín/Coello (7) - Yanguas/Nieto

The most hotly anticipated match of Wednesday in the men's bracket was the one between Fernando Belasteguín and Arturo Coello against young Spaniards Miguel Yanguas and Jorge Coki Nieto.

As expected, the first set started very tightly, with hardly anything between the two pairings. Coello was in red-hot form alongside the clever Bela, which eventually gave them the break at 6-5. They won the set on a gold point, taking it 7-5.

Young Yanguas and Nieto, who were playing their first match as a pair, could not make a fist in the second set, where things were more straightforward for Belasteguín and Coello. Breaking early, it ended 6-3 to the former number one and teenager. They go through and will play Uri Botello and Pablo Lijó in the round of 16.

Semmler/Leal - Boich/Del Castillo

In what turned out to be the final match on centre court on Wednesday, Miguel Semmler and teenager Javi Leal faced wildcard entries Wayne Boich and Mario del Castillo.

Semmler and Leal were the revelations of 2021, shockingly making the Vigo Open quarter-finals after starting in pre-qualifying, a World Padel Tour record. They wanted to start 2022 in good fashion too in their reuniting as a duo, and they blew away Boich and Del Castillo in the opening set, winning it 6-0.

Things got a lot trickier in the second frame, when Del Castillo and the American Boich broke back after being down 2-0. While briefly taking the set lead at 3-2, t would not last as they lost 6-4. Leal and Semmler will play Capra and Ruiz in the round of 16.

Sánchez/Lima (6) - Fernández/Diestro

The sixth and final men's game on Wednesday between former number ones Maxi Sánchez and Pablo Lima against Antonio Fernández and José García Diestro. Originally planned at centre court, maintenance to the court forced the match to be played out at court 2 instead.

In it, the newly-forged partnership between Sánchez and Lima clicked instantly. With 71 tournament wins between them across their careers, they have winning pedigree aplenty, and it showed as they took the opening set 6-3.

Keeping up the pressure, Lima and Sánchez raced to a two-break advantage in the second set. While their advantage was deleted by Pincho and Diestro, the South Americans counter-broke immediately and saw the match out 6-4 in the second set. Jon Sanz and Miguel Lamperti await them in the round of 16.

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