The first pairings reach the quarters in Zaragoza

Another great session of padel in Zaragoza where the quick surface threw up short matches

The first pairings reach the quarters in Zaragoza

The fight for the quarter finals of the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open began at the Príncipe Felipe with Alejandro Ruiz and Sebastián Nerone taking on José A. García Diestro and Martín Sánchez Piñeiro on centre court.

With a very quick surface on centre court, Nerone and Ruiz adapted much better to the conditions. They did so on the back of a good first serve, controlled volleys and perfect timing on more powerful shots. This helped them to break Diestro and Piñeiro in the fourth game, and they conserved that advantage until winning 6-3 after 44 minutes. They took that momentum into the second set and broke early on. When it seemed that their opponents were going to throw in the towel, the duo coached by Marcela Ferrari cancelled out that disadvantage but it was only momentary joy as their unforced errors handed Nerone and Ruiz another break. Another turning point that brought the best out of Ruiz and Nerone as they broke again in the fifth game to lead 4-1. The match ended just before the hour mark with Nerone and Ruiz winning 6-2, repeating their presence in the quarter finals of Zaragoza for the second year running.

Díaz/Capra vs Quiles/Jardim

Gonzalo Díaz - Luciano Capra and Federico Quiles - Marcello Jardim fought for a place in the quarter finals. An all out battle with very few mistakes from either pairing. Diaz and Capra flirted constantly with a break, and even had four break point opportunities, but their opponents kept chipping away to hold on. Every strike from Godo Diaz was responded with a great volley from Fede Quiles. Every ball that recovered by Lucho was met with a smash from Jardim, and all this meant that a tiebreak would decide the set. Godo Diaz's touch was decisive in the decider and helped him and Capra to win 7-6. The score in the first set didn't change the situation, as once again there were break point opportunities flying left, right and centre. Until the tenth game, when Godo and Lucho struck a definitive blow to win 6-4 in under an hour and forty minutes to reach the quarter finals.

Stupaczuk/Gutiérrez vs Rubio/Garrido

After getting through qualifying, Gonzalo Rubio and Javier Garrido Gómez were on centre court to face Franco Stupaczuk and Cristian Gutiérrez and put the number four seeds to the test. Stupa and Cristian didn't take long in letting their opponents know what they were up against with a break in the third game thanks to the lightning quick pace of Stupa and Cristian's controlled shots. Carlos Pozzoni's men took the lead but didn't gain complete control of the match as Rubio and Garrido started to find some feel and broke back in the eighth game. The match went into a tiebreak, where the efficiency of Stupaczuk and Gutierrez punished their opponents to win 7-6. The Andalusians came out strong in the second set however and took a 2-0 lead. But their rivals responded by grabbing four games on the bounce. At 4-2, it seemed as if the Argentines had the match in the bag but Garrido and Rubio clawed it back to 4-4 again. That's when the number four seeds cranked it up yet again to win 6-4 and overcome this tough test to reach the quarter finals.

Sánchez/Díaz vs Yribarren/Vázquez

The morning session ended with the number three seeds Maximiliano Sánchez and Matías Díaz taking on Borja Yribarren and Juan Manuel Vázquez. Both pairings came out with the objective of not conceding too much. Mati and Maxi tried to take the first step by controlling the net and grabbing the initiative but Vazquez and Yribarren's resistence showed they weren't in the last sixteen by mere coincidence. Severino Iezzi's men eventually found a break in the eighth game but it wasn't enough to win the set as Vazquez and Yribarren found a way to break back and force a tiebreak. Mati and Maxi showed their class in a dramatic breaker and won the first set after an hour and ten minutes (7-6). In the second set, Borja and Guga's resistence withered slightly and the ever reliable Argentines made the most of it to break in the fifth game. With their solid defence and attacking prowess, Diaz and Sanchez won the second set 6-3 to seal the match.

The first four passports to the quarter finals have been handed out in Zaragoza.


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