Surprises and confirmations in the Last 16 of Gran Canaria [Vídeo]

A great day of action in the last 16 of the Gran Canaria Open

Surprises and confirmations in the Last 16 of Gran Canaria [Vídeo]

The afternoon session had the huge attraction of Fernando Belasteguín's return after missing the Mijas Open with Pablo Lima through injury. They were up against Raúl Marcos and Adrián Blanco Antelo. In the early exchanges, Belasteguin was still getting rid of the rust and their opponents pounced to break and lead 4-3. But it was a short-lived joy for Blanco and Marcos, as they were broken back immediately and went on to win 6-4 in almost 40 minutes.

The second set was much more straightforward, with Horacio Alvarez Clementi's men cruising and regaining sensations. Raul Marcos and Adrian Blanco couldn't defend themselves and lost 6-0 in a match that lasted one hour and two minutes.

The second match on centre court at Gran Canaria Arena was between Alejandro Galán - Juan Cruz Belluati and their conquerors at the recent Challenger de Cabrera de Mar, Martín Sánchez-Piñeiro - José Antonio García Diestro.

The match started with both pairings showing respect for each other. But at 2-2, the Spanish/Argentine duo claimed the first break of the match and consolidated in the following game. They held onto to their advantage to win the first set at 6-4.

Galan and Belluati struck earlier in the second set as they broke Diestro and Piñeiro at 1-1. Once again, that advantage was enough for Mariano Amat's men who reached the quarter finals after winning 6-4.

The third match of the day involved local favourite Aday Santana alongside Álvaro Cepero against Argentines Fede Chingotto and Juan Tello.

Two of the most in-form pairings on the WPT relived a spectacular clash that took place in the quarter finals in Valladolid. Just like on that occasion (which went to three sets) the clash would be tremendously even. The first set took 40 minutes and included just one slip up, which lead to Chingotto nd Tello winning it 7-5.

Buoyed by their early lead, they raced away to a 3-0 in the second set. Horacio Alvarez Clementi's players reacted before it was too late and broke at 4-2 down to put the set back on serve. A tie break was needed to decide the set and Fede Chingotto kept his cool to lead the way to victory. Chingotto and Tello will be in the quarter finals.

The last match of the day was a mouth-watering affaire between the newly formed pairing of Adrián 'Tito' Allemandi - Juan Lebrón and Paquito Navarro - Sanyo Gutiérrez.

Allemandi and Lebron seem to be gelling perfectly as they quickly found themselves 5-0 up in under half an hour. By the time Ramiro Choya's players wanted to react it was too late. Lebron and Allemandi had sealed the first set 6-4.

The ghosts of the recent Mijas Open started to appear for Navarro and Gutierrez. But they knew they had to get going as soon as possible to prevent another huge disappointment. They started to click and took the second set 6-3, making Lebron and Allemandi doubt for the first time in the match.

At one set all, the quarter finals were up for grabs in the decider. Paquito and Sanyo were increasingly solid and found the shots they were missing at the start of the clash. Two breaks for the world number two pairing left Allemandi and Lebron with no response, despite them fighting until the end. But the quarter final slot was for Sanyo and Paquito, who won 6-2 to reach the final eight of the Gran Canaria Isla Europea del Deporte 2017 Open.

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