Underdogs Garrido and Campagnolo stunt again in Miami semi-final to keep fairytale going

12th seed Lucas Campagnolo and Javier Garrido have stunted yet again in the Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022, beating three-seed Agustín Tapia and Sanyo Gutiérrez to make both of their first ever Open final.

Underdogs Garrido and Campagnolo stunt again in Miami semi-final to keep fairytale going

12th seed Lucas Campagnolo and Javier Garrido have stunted yet again in the Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022, beating three-seed Agustín Tapia and Sanyo Gutiérrez to make both of their first ever Open final.

Campa and La Metralleta Garrido had already stunted twice, first knocking out number ones Juan Lebrón and Alejandro Galán in the round of 16 before beating former number ones Pablo Lima and Maxi Sánchez in the quarter-finals.

They have achieved all of this while only dropping one set in the whole tournament, and will now face seventh seed Fernando Belasteguín and Arturo Coello in Sunday's final at the Island Gardens.

The match started in the best way possible for Campa and Garrido, breaking in the very first game to have the edge right away. Although they had three chances in the next game, Tapia and Gutiérrez could not manage to counter-break.

The Argentinians would not generate any break points for the rest of the set, unlike their Spanish-Brazilian opposition. At 4-2, they once again won their opponents' service, seeing the set out 6-2.

Madness in the second set

Another major upset was in the air, and even more so when Campa and Garrido once again broke in the first game of the second set. This appeared to finally wake up Sanyo and Agustín, who got their first break a few games later to tie things at 2-2.

Squandering a chance at 2-3 to break again and take the lead, Garrido and Campagnolo did break at 3-3, only to be met by a counter-break the game after.

Despite having three break points at 4-4, Tapia and Gutiérrez held their nerve and game back to win. At 5-5, however, they again faced three break points, and were this time bested.

In a set that seemingly had a new twist every game, Sanyo and Agus generated three break points while their opponents were serving for the match. However, it went to the gold point, which was duly won by Javi Garrido and Lucas Campagnolo. They have stunted once again, knocking out the third seed after knocking out the first and sixth seed, and five number one players in the process.

They will now play their first-ever final on Sunday, both as a pair as well as individually, facing another finals debutant in Arturo Coello as well as Fernando Belasteguín, the most successful player in WPT history with 62 tournament wins. Can they go all the way?

 

 

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