No upsets in the morning session of the last 16 of the Keler Bilbao Open

The favourites don't slip up at the Keler Bilbao Open

No upsets in the morning session of the last 16 of the Keler Bilbao Open

The last sixteen kicked off on Thursday at the Keler Bilbao Open. A handful of matches full of excitement at the Frontón Vizcaya.

Díaz/Capra vs Gadea/Tamame

The first match in the battle for the quarter finals was Ignacio G. Gadea - Germán Tamame vs Gonzalo Díaz - Luciano CapraThe four players set a tremendous tempo from the start. Diaz and Capra felt more comfortable with it however and they broke in the third game. Capra's powerful shots were well assisted by Godo's deft touch. They broke again to lead 5-3 and took the first set 6-3 in under half an hour. The pattern didn't change in the second set but Gadea and Tamame did seem more comfortable. The players coached by Gustavo Pratto kept up their tempo to break in the seventh game. That was enough to win the set and the match 6-4 in an hour and five minutes.

Mieres/Lamperti vs Nerone/Ruíz

The second match of the session was Juan Mieres - Miguel Lamperti against Alejandro Ruíz - Sebastián Nerone. Lamperti and Mieres took it to their opponents from the very first game. They were rewarded for it in the third game, with Lamperti punishing every short ball. They broke again in the fifth game and won 6-2 in just 28 minutes. The Spanish/Argentine pairing looked for solutions in the second set and they cut down their unforced errors to present more of a battle. But Mieres and Lamperti knew how to manage the situation and broke in the seventh game to lead 4-3. They wouldn't look back and won 6-4 in an hour and 8 minutes.

Diestro/Piñeiro vs Allemandi/Lebrón

With a place in the quarter finals up for  grabs, José A. García Diestro and Martín Sánchez Piñeiro took on Adrián Allemandi and Juan LebrónAfter a slow start, both pairings broke each other constantly. Piñeiro and Lebron were displaying all of their power on either side of the net but Lebron and Allemandi came out on top to win 6-3 in just over 46 minutes. In the second set, both pairings tried to hold onto their serves with more comfort. The final stretch of the set offered the most spectacular moments of the match, with ups and downs and top quality strokes. Lebron and Allemandi came out on top of that situation again and won 7-5 in an hour and 26 minutes. Their hopes of reaching the Estrella Damm Master Final stay alive.

Díaz/Sánchez vs Moyano/Grabiel

The morning session ended with Maximiliano Sánchez - Matías Díaz vs. Maxi Grabiel - Ramiro Moyano. Two established pairings with the same objective. There were few break opportunities in the opening four games. Both Maxi Grabiel and Mati Diaz were controlling the more powerful players and in the fifth game, Severino Iezzi's men broke. But Moyano led the way to a comeback in the next game. The number three seeds are nothing if not solid and they broke in the ninth game and took the first set 6-4. In the second set, Moyano and Grabiel dropped their level a bit and Diaz and Sanchez made the most of that to control the match and break twice, winning 6-2.

The first quarter finalists are defined in Bilbao.

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