The first favourites reach the quarters of the Granada Open 2018

A long morning session sees Diaz and Lebron battle past Rico and Nieto

The first favourites reach the quarters of the Granada Open 2018

The Granada Open 2018 was ready for an action-filled day with the last sixteen taking place at the Palacio de los Deportes de Granada. A day in which the top four seeds entered the competition.

Lijó/Belluati vs Campagnolo/Bergamini

Getting the action underway were Pablo Lijó - Juan Cruz Belluati and Lucas Campagnolo - Lucas Bergamini. Although they'd only played one match together before this clash, Lijó and Belluati came out the better of the two pairings, with Belluati controlling the tempo with his tricky left hand and Lijó taking on the task of finishing off points. It came to good effect in the fourth game when they broke and they consolidated for 4-1. The Brazilians tried to respond but it was too late and they went down 6-3. In the second set, the pairing coached by Severino Iezzi waited for their moment to pounce and broke in the seventh game. But Campagnolo and Bergamini responded and forced a tiebreak which Belluati and Lijó won to seal the match 7-6.

Moyano/Capra vs Chingotto/Tello

The second match on centre court was an entirely Argentinian affaire: Ramiro Moyano and Luciano Capra versus Federico Chingotto and Juan Tello. Moyano and Capra started off better. Moyano's power and Capra's full-court coverage made it 3-0. They preserved their advantage comfortably and won 6-3 in just 42 minutes. The duo coached by Matías Ortíz started to get into the match in the second set to level out a contest that seemed to be going in just one direction. But their attempts of gaining control were shut down time and time again by Capra and Moyano, who claimed a decisive break in the seventh game. The world number 9 pairing won 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes and confirmed their presence in the quarter finals of the Granada Open 2018.

Stupaczuk/Gutiérrez vs Rico/Ruiz

The third match of the day saw the first seeds in action, as fourth seeds Franco Stupaczuk and Cristian Gutiérrez tested the in-form José Rico and Víctor Ruiz. The match started off with both pairings presenting their credentials. The Spanish duo, coached by Javier Sánchez, broke in the eighth game and served for the first set. But Cristian Gutiérrez and Franco Stupaczuk reacted just in time to prolong the set. The set veered towards a tiebreak which Rico and Ruiz won (7-6). Both pairings had chances to break in the second set but it was Cristian and Stupa who struck first to go up 4-1. Despite Rico and Ruiz breaking back, they dropped their serve once more en route to losing the set 6-3. The third set was tense and tight from start to finish and was decided in the eleventh game when Gutierrez and Stupaczuk broke and went on to win this titanic tussle 7-5.

Díaz/Lebrón vs Nieto/Rico

The morning session came to an end with the most talked about pairing in the world of padel right now, Juan Martín Díaz and Juan Lebrónfacing Jorge Nieto and Javier Rico. Diaz and Lebron presented themselves with a break in the first game with a very aggressive style of play and an attempt to end points quickly. Nieto and Rico accepted the challenge and upped their tempo to break back and even took a 4-1 lead. They served for the set at 5-3 but a sublime Juan Martin gobbled up the net and saved the situation but there's nothing he could do to stop Nieto and Rico from winning the first set 7-5. The number 5 seeds reacted in stunning fashion. Nieto and Rico had awoken the beast, and two of the most talented players in the world proved just what they're capable of if they click. They won the following two sets 6-0 / 6-1 to advance in an hour and 42 minutes.

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