There's no easy road to the last sixteen in Valladolid [Vídeo]

The best 16 players in Valladolid are defined

There's no easy road to the last sixteen in Valladolid [Vídeo]

Valladolid's Plaza Mayor staged its first action of the Valladolid Open 2017 with the battle for the last sixteen. The day's first match was between Aday Santana - Álvaro Cepero and Matías Marina and Francisco Gomes. Cepero and Santana controlled the match, grabbing the first three games and going on to win the set 6-3. The players coached by Gastón Malacalza levelled things out in the second set, holding onto serve more comfortably and breaking Horacio Álvarez Clementi's pupils in the sixth game of the second set. They held onto their advantage to win 6-3 after breking again in the ninth game. Cepero and Santana reacted in the third set, breaking in the fourth game to go on and win 6-3 after two hours.

At that same time at the Club Raqueta de Valladolid, Raúl Díaz and Raúl Marcos took on Javier Escalante and Toni BuenoA match clearly dominated by Bueno and Escalante who won the first set 6-2 and the second 6-1 to reach the last sixteen in under an hour.

One of the most even matches, on paper, was the clash between Adrián Allemandi - Ramiro Moyano and Uri Botello - Fernando Poggi. The players coached by Rodrigo Ovide started off better and broke in the fourth game. With Moyano displaying his power and Allemandi returning everything Botello and Poggi threw at him. The Argentines took a 4-1 lead before winning the set 6-3 after 37 minutes.

Moyano and Allemandi didn't change course in the second set. A tighter affaire which also went their way thanks to a single break. With a 6-4 scoreline they booked their place in the next round.

The morning session at the Club Raqueta Valladolid came to an end with Federico Chingotto and Juan Tello taking on Jordi Muñoz and Federico Quiles. After showing in qualifying that they weren't in Valladolid to look at the sights, Tello and Chingotto once again proved they're on the up. Against a well established pairing such as Muñoz and Quiles, they kept up their tempo and imposed their style of play. Fede Chingotto set the rhythm of play and Juan Tello's job was to play attack. 7-5 / 7-5 after an hour and ten minutes, left the Argentines in the second round.

Pedro Alonso-Martínez and Javier Ruiz versus Agustín G. Silingo and Maxi Grabiel took place in extremely hot conditions. In the fifth game, the pairing coached by Ramiro Choya, broke to claim an advantage. They went on to win 6-3 in 41 minutes. Buoyed by the first set, Ruiz and Alonso kept it up in the second set. Another break in the fourth game left them 3-1 up and within touching distance of the last sixteen. Silingo and Allemandi looked to react in the seventh game of the second set by breaking back, but Ruiz and Alonso responded to lead 5-3. In the end Ramiro Choya's men won a tiebreak to pull off a surprise and reach the last sixteen.

Rafael Méndez and Javier Valdés González took on Pablo Lijó and Guillermo Lahoz. It was the first time Chile's Valdes appeared in a main draw but he came out losing against a pairing that was taking part in its second tournament together. 6-3 / 6-4 was the final scoreline for the pairing from Madrid and Galicia.

The second match on centre court at Plaza Mayor was between Víctor Ruíz - Gonzalo Rubio and one of the most in-form pairings on tour, Gonzalo Díaz and Luciano CapraIt was Ruiz and Rubio, however, who dominated the first three games of the match. Gustavo Pratto's men responded and forced a tiebreak, but Rubio and Ruiz made fewer errors to claim the first set.

Godo and Lucho were affected by that first set loss after one hour and seven minutes of play. In the start of the second set, the players coached by Severino Iezzi took an early break to take a lead. Godo and Lucho were up against the wall but brought out their best padel to force a third set. After two hours of battle, and a 7-5 scoreline in favour of the Argentines in the second set, the match would be decided in a third.

That third set started with the same impulse as the end of the second set, with Diaz and Capra dominating and claiming an early break. Both players were starting to struggle physically. At 3-0 down, Gonzalo Rubio asked for physio treatment, and reacted immediately to recover that break. It was only momentary however, as Diaz and Capra managed another break in the sixth game and won 6-3 after two hours and 40 minutes.

Looking for a place in the last sixteen were Gabriel Reca - Javier Concepción and Cristian Germán Gutiérrez - Aris Patiniotis. Once again, Reca and Concepcion booked their tickets for the second round by making good use of their weapons. A 6-3 in the first set opened the path to victory, which was confirmed in the second set, after Leo Padovani's men reacted, with a 7-6 scoreline.

The penultimate match at Plaza Mayor brought together Alejandro Galán - Juan Cruz Belluati and Adrián Blanco Antelo - Diego Ramos. Galan and Belluati took an early lead with a break in the third game. The players coached by Mariano Amat sealed the set with another break. At 6-3, after 40 minutes, the young Spanish/Argentine duo had one foot in the second round. The fans spurred on Ramos, who lives in Valladolid. This helped them to put up a fight despite Galan and Belluati's domination, who claimed two breaks to win 6-4. Once again, the youngsters will be in the second round of a tournament.

One of the closest matches of the day was between Alex Ruíz - Sebastián Nerone and Borja Yribarren - Guga Vázquez. After an even first set, which went to Yribarren and Vazquez, Ruiz and Nerone reacted in the second set to win 6-3. In the third set another break from Rodrigo Ovide's pupils got the job done, winning 6-4.

The action came to an end at the Club Raqueta de Valladolid with Juan Lebrón - Marcello Jardim versus Ignacio Gadea - Germán TamameThe Spanish/Argentine pairing pulled off a surprise after fighting back. After winning the first set 6-2, Tamame and Gadea conquered the second set 6-3 and the third 6-4 which puts them in the last sixteen.

Wednesday came to an end with Martín Sánchez Piñeiro - José Antonio García Diestro against Franco Stupaczuk - Cristian Gutiérrez. Carlos Pozzoni's men took the first set with a break in the tenth game. A 6-4 after 40 minutes which was a glimpse of what was yet to come. There were no breaks in the opening six games, but it came in the eighth game for Stupaczuk and Gutierrez, who won 6-3 after just over an hour and fifteen minutes.

The last sixteen lineup is complete, with the top four seeds entering the action on Thursday. Play resumes at nine in the morning from Valladolid.


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