The favourites come out on top in the morning session of the last 16 in Granada

Only Gadea and Tamame managed to defeat a better ranked pairing

The favourites come out on top in the morning session of the last 16 in Granada

The best eight pairings at the Granada Open are aiming for a place in the quarter finals. The morning session left four exciting clashes, where veterans came out on top in some instances and youngsters in others.

Quiles/Jardim  VS  Poggi/Reca

The last sixteen started at the Palacio de los Deportes with the clash between Federico Quiles - Marcello Jardim and Fernando Poggi - Gabriel Reca. Quality and experience face to face for a place in the quarter finals. Poggi and Reca took an early advantage by breaking their opponents in the third game. Jardim and Quiles responded in the fourth game, to make it 2-2. Poggi's power and Gaby Reca's control started to unbalance proceedings again, as they broke in the seventh game to lead 4-3. They managed to hold onto that lead and defend it to win 6-4 after 50 minutes. In the second set, both pairings held onto serve, forcing a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, a couple of recoveries from Marcello Jardim and Fede Quiles' gave them the edge to win 7-6, forcing a third set. Poggi and Reca came close to the last sixteen and that was a blow for them, as Quiles and Jardim cranked it up to start the third set with a break. Quiles and Jardim dominated completely and won 6-2 after two hours and fifteen minutes.

Chingotto/Tello  VS  Lamperti/Mieres

A recurring, attractive match was next on court: Federico Chingotto - Juan Tello vs Miguel Lamperti - Juan Mieres. The first set was virbant and intense, just like all their other recent meetings. Every time Tello and Chingotto struck, Miere and Lamperti responded. With that pattern, the set went into the eleventh game, where Mieres and Lamperti broke after making the most of Chingotto's first doubts on serve. The players coached by Gustavo Pratto finished off the set at 7-5. Tello and Chingotto got off to a hesitant start in the second set and saved an early break point before growing into the match. In the fourth game, they were rewarded for their determination by taking a 4-1 lead. But a one break advantage wasn't enough, as the duo from Bahia Blanca brought out their very best to win five of the next six games to win 7-5 in an hour and forty minutes.

Cepero/Santana  VS  Gadea/Tamame

The third match of the day was between Álvaro Cepero - Aday Santana  and Ignacio G. Gadea - Germán TamameIt was clear to see at the start of the match that every point was going to be a grind. After ten intense games, Gadea and Tamame struck. With Cepero on serve, a couple of stunning volleys from Gadea and Tamame hurt their opponents enough to claim a break. They closed out the set 7-5 after 45 minutes. With fewer unforced errors in their game, Severino Iezzi's men continued to push forward. Another break came in the fifth game and Santana-Cepero found no way back to get past the recent winners of the Marseille Challenger. The spanish/Argentine duo got the job done in just under an hour and thirty minutes, winning 6-3.

González/González  VS Stupaczuk/Gutiérrez 

The morning session of the last sixteen of the Granada Open 2017 ended with Franco Stupaczuk - Cristian Gutiérrez playing against last sixteen first-timers Jerónimo González Luque and Javier González Barahona. The number four seeds needed just a couple of games to get going. Cristian's control and Stupaczuk's definition claimed a break in the third game. Far from dropping their heads, Barahona and Luque responded quickly by taking the next two games to make it 3-2. The young duo's courageous brand of padel gave them a chance of fighting for the set. But Cristian Gutierrez's class started to shine through, as they won the next three games to lead 5-3. Stupa and Cristian closed out the first set at 6-4 in just 29 minutes. In the second set, Cristian Gutierrez kept up his form to keep his opponents out of it. A break in the third game gave Carlos Pozzoni's men control again. The Argentines romped on to win 6-4 in an hour and ten minutes.

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