Vasquez and Windahl write Swedish padel history at Miami qualifying

Both Simon Vasquez and Daniel Windahl made the final of qualifying in their respective pairs, something which no Swede had ever done before.

Vasquez and Windahl write Swedish padel history at Miami qualifying

Simon Vasquez and Daniel Windahl have both made Swedish World Padel Tour history at the Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022 qualifying rounds.

Both of them have played in Opens before, but only as Wild Card entries, most recently for the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021.

No Swede had ever made the final round of the qualifying stages for an Open or Master. In the Miami qualifying in Madrid, both Vasquez and Windahl did.

Coming all the way from the first round of pre-qualifying, Vasquez played with Frenchman Johan Bergeron and Windahl with Argentine Ramiro Pereyra. Amazingly, both Swedes won five consecutive matches in a span of 48 hours to make the qualifying finals, something which rarely happens.

Vasquez makes Swedish padel history

Vasquez/Bergeron played against the latter's fellow countryman Ben Tison and Spaniard Teodoro Zapata. Playing against much higher-ranked opposition and with five matches in their legs, Vasquez and Bergeron ran out of steam.

They lost 6-3 6-2, and while Vasquez's dream of flying to Miami was over, he and Bergeron will have left the EuroIndoor Club with their heads held high.

Most heads were turned earlier on that Sunday. Vasquez/Bergeron were playing against a multiple-time tournament winner in Mati Díaz and his partner Aris Patiniotis. A three-set epic saw the Swedish-French tandem break through in the final frame, running away with a 6-1 win to cause the upset of the tournament.

This made Vasquez the first Swede to make the qualifying final, although Windahl was to repeat this feat just hours later.

Swedish number one Windahl

The only current Swedish player inside the top 100, Windahl faced fierce Spanish opposition in the final. He and Pereyra battled against Raúl Marcos and Javi García, where the first set was incredibly close.

Both pairs breaking once, Windahl/Pereyra had a lot more chances to break that all went begging. They came to regret this in the eventual tie-break, where they were beaten 7-3. Marcos and García kicked on from there, winning the second set 6-2.

Windahl had already made the second round of qualifying rounds last year, but impressively set a new personal best for himself and his country in Madrid.

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