Samba suprise in Zaragoza: Campagnolo and Bergamini reach the semifinals

Lucas Campagnolo and Lucas Bergamini defeat Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco Stupaczuk 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Samba suprise in Zaragoza: Campagnolo and Bergamini reach the semifinals

The morning session of the quarter finals ended with the first men's clash. The Pabellón Príncipe Felipe handed out the first place in the semifinals of the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open 2018.

Lucas Bergamini and Lucas Campagnolo were taking part in their second quarter finals as a pairing and were up against Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco Stupaczukwho were on the back of a final appearance in Alicante. The young Brazilians weren't intimidated by Cristian and Stupa's CV and they dominated the first four games. The 'Lucas's' seemed to have the first set in the bag with two breaks but their rivals broke back in the fifth game to make a fist of it. Campagnolo tremendous power and Bergamini's capacity to recover impossible balls continued to cause a lot of problems for the number four seeds. The Argentines' attempt of a comeback was cut short and the Brazilians claimed the first set 6-3 with Lucas Campagnolo offering a masterclass of pure power. Cristian and Stupa were struggling to get a rhythm going and were making a lot of unforced errors. And this caused them problems in the second set too, where Bergamini and Campagnolo had two break points in the first game which they failed to convert. But they were knocking at the door and finally broke in the third game. Despite the adversity, Cristian and Stupa kept going at it and their opportunity came in the sixth game, when Cristian's magic and Stupa's court coverage helped them make it 3-3. The question now was whether this was a turning point or if the Brazilians were going to be able to keep them under control. Bergamini and Campagnolo lost their serve again in the tenth game after a touch of magic from Cristian Gutierrez, who hit drop shot which went out the door, and the set was theirs at 6-4.

In the third set, Bergamini and Campagnolo were back in warrior mode and broke Cristian and Stupa in the third game. Lucas Bergamini was letting his imagination run wild and ensured that they would hold onto that break. They had the chance to close out the match at 5-4 on serve but Stupa came to the rescue and made it 5-5. But there was still another twist in the tale, the Brazilians broke back immediately and were successful in their second attempt to serve out the match, as they took a 7-5 win in two and a half hours.

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