Tamame-Britos pull off a surprise and knock out Jardim-Stupaczuk

A day full of nerve-wracking tiebreaks, rain and the best padel at the Plaza Mayor in the Estrella Damm Valladolid Open. Including surprises such as Tamame-Britos' victory against Jardim-Stupaczuk.  

Tamame-Britos pull off a surprise and knock out Jardim-Stupaczuk

The day's big shock in the last 16 of the Estrella Damm Valladolid Open was produced by German Tamame and Andres Britos who knocked out the revelation of the season, Franco Stupaczuk and Marcello Jardim, in a nail-biting affaire. The number 27 pairing took out the number 10 seeds 7-5, 2-6, 7-6.

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German Tamame and Andres Britos, who have only played two tournaments together and entered the main draw from qualifying, celebrated their first qualification for the last 16 as a pairing. They ended the hopes of one of the most talked-about pairings of the season, the experience and youth of Jardim-Stupaczuk. A match were the tide constantly turned and that ended falling on Tamame-Britos' side.

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Another of the most noteworthy wins of the day came at the Ciudad de la Raqueta, where Javier Limones and David Ruiz knocked out the runners-up at the recent Barcelona Challenger, Alejandro Ruiz and Matias Marina. The number 30 pairing went toe to toe with the Lisbon champions, taking the clash in three exciting tiebreaks.

Other pairings to qualify for the last 16 at the Club Ciudad de la Raqueta de Valladolid were Jose Antonio Garcia Diestro and Ruben Rivera who beat Cristian Fuster and Miguel Angel Solbes 6-4, 6-2.

Martin Sanchez Piñeiro and Jaime Bergareche also qualified for the last 16 after winning 6-3, 6-3 against Pedro Alonso Martinez and Ernesto Moreno.

The evening's action at the emblematic Plaza Mayor, which shone under the sun during the day and was affected by the rain at night time, included a number of tiebreaks.

Adrian Allemandi and Agustin Gomez Silingo jumped onto centre court at the Plaza Mayor at midday to face Gerard Company and Matias Nicoletti.

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Allemandi and Silingo got off to a slow start. The intense heat at midday, and the 69 degrees on court, affected all four players.

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New pairing Company-Nicoletti made life difficult for the number six pairing and took the first set to a tiebreak. The sixth seeds found the right strategy to take the opener and, buoyed by this lead, they managed an early break in the second set to sentence the number 20 pairing. Allemandi-Silingo grabbed the second set 6-2 to move forward into the last 16.

agus-silingoThere was a lot of expectation in the stands to see the debut of another of the new pairings in this tournament, Jordi Muñoz and Pablo Lijo, taking on Aday Santana and Willy Lahoz. Although the rain started coming down and interrupted play at the Plaza Mayor.

The number 8 seeds were 5-3 ahead after only 20 minutes of play with Willy Lahoz serving to close out the first set.

But the dark clouds that had been looming since midday finally gave way to short yet sporadic showers that stopped play.

The match was restarted at Club Padel10z. The set ended 6-3, as expected, in favour of Lahoz-Santana.

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In the second set, the conditions were different and that was palpable on court. In a much more even affaire, the brilliant play of both pairings took the second set to a tiebreak, where the number eight seeds dominated and qualified for the last 16 after midnight.

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The last match of the night was also a spectacle to behold. Maxi Grabiel and Ramiro Moyano got the better of Gonzalo Godo Diaz and Luciano Capra 6-2, 7-5 after a tough second set where the number seven seeds had to dig in deep to avoid a third set.

Due to the delays as a result of the rain, two matches have suffered changes on the schedule.

Diaz-Gutierrez vs. Limones-Ruiz will be played not before 12:00 at the Plaza Mayor, while Lahoz-Santana vs. Poggi-Cepero will be played not before 14:00.

The best padel in the world can be seen this week in Valladolid. See all the best players on the planet produce magical shots at the Plaza Mayor this Thursday from 9:30 onwards.

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