The favourites suffer to reach the quarter finals

The eight best pairings in the World Padel Tour rankings will jump to the court at the Gran Canaria Arena in the quarter finals which get underway at 16:00. 

The favourites suffer to reach the quarter finals

With chants "pio, pio" in the stands the second last 16 match of the evening got underway at the Gran Canaria Open.

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Local hero Aday Santana and his partner Willy Lahoz had to fight back from a set down to advance to the quarter finals against one of the best working new pairings, Uri Botello and Adrian Blanco.

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Botello-Blanco started the first set strongly, with two break points in the fourth game. But they didn't take either one and in the following game Willy and Aday pounced to take the first set 6-4.

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But in the second, Uri and Adrian didn't throw in the towel and changed their strategy to turn things around. They broke at 3-2 to take the lead and force the Canarian and Madrileño to scrap it out in a third set.

Buoyed by the disappointment of having lost the second set, Lahoz-Santana came out all guns blazing. And with an early break they steered home after taking the set 6-3.

But the pandemonium had just started in the stands. It was the turn for another local favourite, Jordi Muñoz, and his partner Pablo Lijo took on Adrian Allemandi and Agustin Gomez Silingo.

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The Canarian and the Galician came out incredibly strong and took a 4-1 lead, with two breaks of serve.

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But Silingo-Allemandi hadn't said their last word and with their characteristic grit they pulled off a spectacular comeback which ended in a tiebreak.

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The fans witnessed an exciting tie break which went right down to the wire and ended up going the number seven pairing's way.

Adrian and Agustin grabbed an early break in the second set and paved the way to the quarter finals.

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With the fans in their favour, Lijo-Muñoz stayed alive and broke back. But their joy was short lived, their opponents counterbreaked and that was the definitive blow. After over two hours of intense battle, Allemandi-Silingo earned their spot in the quarter finals taking the set 6-4. 

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In the last match of the day Juan Martin Diaz and Cristian Gutierrez had to suffer to progress to the quarter finals with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win against Jaime Bergareche and Martin Sanchez Piñeiro.

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The youngsters took their chance in the second set and forced the number five seeds into a third set. Juan Martin and Cristian dug deep and booked their quarter final tickets.

The eight best pairings in the world will be in the quarter finals this Friday, from 16:00 onwards.

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