The Maipú Arena hands out the first tickets for the quarter finals

Jordi Muñoz and Pablo Lijó pulled off the biggest upset of the day by knocking out Agustin Gomez Silingo and Adrian Allemandi.  

The Maipú Arena hands out the first tickets for the quarter finals

The Arena Maipu was unveiled with the last sixteen of the Mendoza Open where Willy Lahoz - Aday Santana vs. Jaime Bergareche - Martín Sánchez Piñeiro kicked off proceedings. The first set went to the pairing coached by Horacio Alvarez Clementi 6-1, as it seemed that the previous night's efforts, where Lahoz and Santana saved up to three match points against Lucho Capra and Godo Diaz, didn't seem to affect them.

In the second set, Sanchez Piñeiro and Bergareche started to adapt to a court where the ball literally flies. A break in the sixth game put the pairing from A Coruña and Bilbao 4-2 up and they sailed away to take the set 6-3.

The match would be decided in the third set, which was the tightest of all. Lahoz and Santana broke in the eighth game and eventually closed out the match 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.


In the second match, Ramiro Moyano and Maxi Grabiel were eager to get back to winning ways as they faced Uri Botello and Federico Quiles. The latter started dominating the match by taking the first two games. But the duo from La Plata broke back in what was an exciting first set that went all the way to a tiebreak which was eventually clinched by Moyano and Grabiel.

Botello and Quiles were dealt a bitter blow and they simply couldn't recover in the second set. This translated into a 6-3 scoreline in favour of the number 6 pairing, who advanced to the quarter finals.

One of the surprises of the day sprung in the third match of the morning, where Agustín Gómez Silingo and Tito Allemandi took on Jordi Muñoz and Pablo LijóThe first set was neck and neck, with the Spanish duo striking the first blow with a break in the fifth game. But Silingo and Allemandi responded in the following game. A tiebreak was needed to determine who would take the first set, and in the end Silingo and Allemandi were just too solid as they took it 7-6.

Lijó and Muñoz, didn't drop their heads and took the only break of the second set in the eighth game before grabbing it at 6-4.

In the final set, it was the minor details which decided it, and Lijó and Muñoz played the important points better to take the decider 6-4 and progress to the quarter finals.

The morning session at the Arena Maipu ended with the match between Juan Martín Díaz - Cristian Gutiérrez and Fernando Poggi - Álvaro Cepero. The tempo in the first set was mesmerising and it was set by Juan Martin and Cristian, whose pace on the ball on this frenetic surface enabled them to control the first set, which they took 6-3 in under 30 minutes.

In the second set, Juan Martin and Cristian Gutierrez encountered more resistance from Poggi and Cepero. But it wasn't enough to turn the tide and Gutierrez and Diaz took the second set 6-4 to grab the win in an hour.

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