Surprises in Mijas by night [Vídeo]

Two seeds wave goodbye in the last sixteen in Mijas

Surprises in Mijas by night [Vídeo]

The Cerveza Victoria Mijas-Costa del Sol Open had a night full of excitement and surprises in store.

The afternoon session began in Mijas with Antonio Fernández Cano - Lucas da Cunha Bergamini vs. Agustín Gómez Silingo - Maxi Grabiel"Pincho" Fernandez and Lucas Da Cunha surprised Silingo and Grabiel in the early running with a break in the sixth game and a masterclass in volleys and off-the-wall shots. By the time the Argentines started to settle in, it was too late, as Fernandez and Da Cunha took the set 6-3. The Argentines' response didn't take long in coming as they only dropped a single game to win the second set 6-1. Maxi took control of the match and Agustin found impossible angles to cause damage with his shots. In the third set, Silingo and Grabiel broke in the second game but Fernandez and Da Cunha struck back, proving they weren't in the last sixteen by mere coincidence. In fact, they started to dominate and pulled off the upset of the day by winning 6-3 in two hours.

At the Club Cerrado del Águila, Ramiro Moyano and Adrián Allemandi faced Matías Marina and Javier Concepción. In the first set everything went according to plan, with Moyano and Allemandi executing every short ball to perfection. They won the first set 6-3 but Marina and Concepcion responded with the exact same scoreline in the second set. Rodrigo Ovide's men showed the necessary calm in the final set to deal with the situation and reach the quarter finals after winning 6-3.

Next up were the number three seeds, Maximiliano Sánchez and Matías Díazwho were up against Federico Quiles and Marcello Jardim. Despite only having played once together, Quiles and Jardim seemed to know each other inside out and forced Sanchez and Diaz into a first set tiebreak. Fede Quiles was the star of the tiebreak with letal returns off the wall and solid volleys, guiding him and Jardim to the first set. In the second set, Mati and Maxi took a step forward and managed their first break of the match. By taking greater control of the net and showing more precision with their lobs, they found cracks in Quiles and Jardim's defence to win 6-3, with the match already past two hours. Diaz and Sanchez also took a 4-0 lead and that put an end to Jardim and Quiles' aspirations, as they went down 6-1.

A high volatage debut awaited the world number two pairing. Paquito Navarro and Sanyo Gutiérrez were up against Alejandro Galán and Juan Cruz BelluatiThe match got off to an electric start and, after 28 minutes, the world number two pairing were on their way to the first set with a break in hand. Paquito's volleys and Sanyo's reading of the game gave them the first set 6-3. A set back which didn't diminish Galan and Belluati, who broke right at the start of the second set. Sanyo and Paquito broke back immediately but Galan and Belluati were in no mood to go home early. They showed their trademark courage, with a spectacular brand of padel that helped them win the second set 7-5. An early break in the third set filled them with hope but, yet again, Paquito and Sanyo broke right back. But Galan and Belluati were simply too good for the world number twos and won 6-4 with a performance that proves they can aspire to anything.

The last place in the quarter finals would come from the match between Gonzalo Díaz Luciano Capra and Juan Lebrón - Jordi Muñoz. Muñoz and Lebron broke first in the third game but Godo and Lucho responded in the following game, which proved to be a turning point. Capra covered the entire court and Godo displayed his magic to win the first set 6-3 in 37 minutes. The Argentines dominated again in the second set, winning three of the first four games. Muñoz and Lebron, who have only played a bunch of matches togehter this year, tried to keep in it and make the most of any opportunities that came their way. But it never came. Godo and Lucho put in a tremendously solid display to win the second set 6-4 and round off the match in an hour and fifteen minutes.

An extremely long day came to an end in the early hours. A fascinating quarter final lineup awaits in Mijas tomorrow:

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