Paquito and Sanyo reach their fifth summit in Andorra

They defeat Bela and Lima in three sets and almost two and a half hours of play

Paquito and Sanyo reach their fifth summit in Andorra

The rain forced the final of the Vallbanc Andorra Open to be played on Monday at Principadel. Once again, the top two pairings in the world squared off in a World Padel Tour final: Fernando Belasteguín - Pablo Lima vs Paquito Navarro - Sanyo Gutiérrez.

The first set for the number ones

Another duel between the two best pairings in the world with the twelfth title of the season at stake. Despite struggling to hold onto serve in the opening six games, Paquito and Sanyo responded to Bela and Lima's attacks in the start of the match. The Brazilian was working well in defence and causing a lot of harm with his shots off the walls, and Bela was choosing his shoots wisely. Sanyo and Paquito's quality wasn't enough to prevent a break from Bela and Lima in the eight game which would be decisive. The world number ones closed out the first set on Pablo Lima's serve at 6-3 in under 38 minutes.

Paquito and Sanyo reduce the deficit

The Andalusian and the Argentine tried to find some consistency in their game to take on Horacio Álvarez Clementi's men. In fact, those same doubts started to creep into the world number twos at the start of the second set, as Bela and Lima had a break point which they didn't convert. Sanyo and Paquito's options grew at the same pace as the on court temperature did, as the sun started to shine on centre court. In the fourth game, Ramiro Choya's pupils had five break points to go up 3-1. But, once again, Bela and Lima showed their capacity to overcome adversity, digging deep in key moments. They came out unscathed on that instance, which took almost twelve minutes, on then went on the attack again. In the fifth game, Bela and Lima had a break point which Paquito's smashes defused. With the four finalists playing at their best, the quality of play was absolutely breath taking. Any small detail was going to be crucial to decide the victor in Andorra. Those details were controlled by a majestic Sanyo Gutierrez, who appeared in the ninth game (5-4) on return to win the set and force a third set after an hour and 34 minutes.

A fifth title for Paquito and Sanyo

An all out battle ensued until the seventh game. There, Bela and Lima managed to break Paquito and Sanyo thanks to Lima aerial play (4-3). When it seemed that the number ones had struck a definitive blow, the Spanish/Argentine pulled off a stunning reaction to conquer the following three games. Paquito's power and Sanyo's exquisite control was the recipe for them to lift their fifth title of the season after winning 6-4 in a final that took almost two and a half hours.

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