Qualification for the quarter finals isn't based on the rankings [Vídeo]

More surprises in Santander with very even matches in the last sixteen  

Qualification for the quarter finals isn't based on the rankings [Vídeo]

Action at the Palacio de los Deportes de Santander started with the clash between Uri Botello - Fernando Poggi and Luciano Capra - Gonzalo Diaz. The latter set the tempo at the start of the match, taking the first four games. A domination that was converted into a 6-2 first set in just over thirty minutes.

Poggi and Botello reacted in the second set, turning things around quickly by taking the first five games. In under 21 minutes, the second set went to the duo from Argentina and Melilla by 6-1.

It was the same dynamic in the third set where Botello and Poggi managed to break their opponents' serve twice to qualify for the quarter finals with a 6-3 scoreline in an hour and 45 minutes.

After impressing in their first match together, Adrián Allemandi and Federico Quiles took on Adrián Blanco Antelo and Diego Ramos at the Central Club Padel.

The Argentines got off to a good start, dominating te first set thanks to the defensive qualities of Allemandi and the Quiles' touch at the net. Together, it was enough to win the set 6-2. In the second, the Argentines couldn't finish off the set despite being a break up and it went to a tiebreak where Ramos and Blanco managed to force a deciding set.

Quiles and Allemandi were clearly uncomfortable on court while their opponents grew in stature. Just one break marked the difference for the Spanish/Uruguayan duo, who advanced to the quarter finals after claiming the set 6-4, pulling off one of the upsets of the tournament.

Pablo Lijo and Jordi Muñoz were going to put the number three seeds, Maximiliano Sanchez and Matias Diaz, to the test in their opening encounter of 2017. Severino Iezzi's pupils hit the ground running and took the first set 6-1 in just over 38 minutes. A cyclone of lethal pedal which left Lijo and Muñoz with hardly any options. That dynamic was snapped at the start of the second set, with Muñoz finding his touch and Lijo starting to put his power into practice.

Mati and Maxi had to wait until the sixth game to break their opponents' serve. The Argentines, discovered their best padel in that moment and held onto their advantage to close out the match 6-1 / 6-3 in just under 90 minutes.

The last slot among the best 8 pairings would be for the winner of Marcello Jardim - Juan Lebron vs. Jose Antonio Garcia Diestro - Martin Sanchez Piñeiro. An extremely tough encounter which proved from the get go that reaching the quarter finals would be no walk in the park. A tiebreak was needed in the first set, which went to Jardim and Lebron.

In the second set, Sanchez Piñeiro and Diestro turned the tide and came out on top 6-4. There was more drama in the final set, with a tiebreak needed to separate the two and Jardim - Lebron taking it again to win the match in over two hours.

The first four places in the quarter finals of the Santander Open Trofeo Año Jubilar Lebaniego have been decided.

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