Zaragoza's Pabellón Príncipe Felipe de Zaragoza opens its doors to the last 16

The last sixteen lineup is complete

Zaragoza's Pabellón Príncipe Felipe de Zaragoza opens its doors to the last 16

The Pabellón Príncipe Felipe de Zaragoza opened its doors for centre court to stage its first action at the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open 2018. Up for grabs was a place in the last sixteen. The first match of the day was between Brazilians Lucas Bergamini - Lucas Campagnolo and Rubén Rivera - Gerard Company, who were looking to try and make the most of the slice of luck that saw them enter the draw as lucky losers. Rivera and Company took an early lead by breaking, but Bergamini and Campagnolo shook off their nerves and won 5 of the next 6 games. The Brazilian's tempo was too high for Rivera and Company, and they won the first set 6-3 in just over 30 minutes. The pattern continued in the second set, with Bergamini dominating from the forehand court and Campagnolo being decisive at the net. They won 6-2 in just over an hour and five minutes, making the last sixteen once again.

At the same, Jordi Muñoz and Javier Escalante took on Ignacio González Gadea and Aday Santana at Pádel Plaza. Gadea and Santana got the job done and went trhough to the second round by winning 7-6 / 6-2.

The second match of the morning at the Príncipe Felipe saw the recently crowned Spanish champions José Rico and Víctor Ruiz take on Gonzalo Díaz and Álvaro Cepero. Rico and Ruiz controlled early on in the match, taking the first four games. With a very aggressive game and a solid shift in defence, they were making life extremely complicated for Godo and Cepero. Just 35 minutes into the match, the score was already 5-1. Cepero and Diaz broke back once but their reaction came too late. Rico and Ruiz would end up taking the set 6-4 in 51 minutes. They took those positive vibes over into the second set, where they broke in the first game. Diaz and Cepero didn't take as long to react this time and went 3-1 up. Ruiz and Rico weren't going to let them run away with it and they levelled the set at 3-3. Cepero and Diaz had something left in the tank however and broke right at the end to win 6-4 and force a third set. With two hours already on the clock, it seemed as if Rico and Ruiz had struck a definitive blow when they broke in the seventh game. Their grit and determination allowed them to hold on and reach the last sixteen by winning 6-4 and pulling off another upset. This is the second consecutive tournament in which they've knocked out Godo and Cepero.

Borja Yribarren - Adrián Blanco Antelo and Matías Marina - Germán Tamame came up against each other for a place in the next round. Both pairings were looking to bag their first win of the season, and it was Marina and Tamame who would accomplish this target with a 6-3 / 6-2 win.

Martín Sánchez Piñeiro and Guillermo Lahoz also advanced after they defeated Francisco Gomes and Ernesto Moreno 6-3 / 6-4.

The morning session ended on centre court with Matías Nicoletti - Toni Bueno vs Federico Chingotto - Juan TelloTello and Chingotto were the favourites on paper and broke in the first game, but Nicoletti and Bueno fought back. Tello and Chingotto then cut down their unforced errors and took the set into a tiebreak. Nicoletti and Bueno made more mistakes than their opponents and the first set went to Chingotto and Tello (7-6). Nicoletti and Bueno responded strongly in the second set but Chingotto and Tello are a cut above and punished their opponents with a break in the eighth game which set them up to win 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes.

In the afternoon, there were more top level clashes at the Pabellon Principe Felipe.

The session kicked off with Lucho Capra and Ramiro Moyano taking on Gabi Reca and Fernando Poggi. Two pairings desperately looking for wins and aiming for their second last 16 appearance of the season. Moyano and Capra's aggrressive games found gaps in Poggi and Reca's defence and, in the blink of an eye, Capra and Moyano were through 6-1 / 6-0.

Meanwhile, at the Club Padel Plaza, Seba Nerone and José Antonio García Diestro needed two sets to defeat Martín Di Nenno and Juan Manuel Restivo  (6-3 / 6-4).

The second match on centre court was one of the most eagerly awaited of the day: Miguel Lamperti Juani Mieres vs Agustín Tapia - Marcello Jardim. Things were even in the first six games but then Mieres/Lamperti broke away and won 6-3.

The turning point in the second set came at the same stage. This time it was the Argentine/Brazilian duo who gained the advantage (4-2) but the pairing from Bahia Blanca fought back and forced a tiebreak which they won.

In the decisive third set, both pairings defended tremendously well. When it seemed as if the match was heading into another tiebreak, Lamperti and Mieres broke to win 7-5.

Javi Ruiz and Uri Botello will also be in the next round after they won 6-3 / 6-2 against Maxi Grabiel and Pablo Lijó.

The final match of the day at the Principe Felipe saw Juan Lebrón and Juan Cruz Belluati take on Adrián Allemandi and Fede Quiles. Severino Iezzi's pupils struck first with two consecutive breaks that gave them the set, despite Allemandi and Quiles recovering one break (6-3). The score was exactly the same in the second, with Juan Lebron and Juan Cruz Belluati advancing to the second round.

The last match at the Club Padel Plaza was a three-setter between Agustín G. Silingo Álex Ruiz and Peter Alonso and Aris Patiniotis which Silingo Ruiz took 6-7 / 7-6 / 6-2 in Ruiz's return to action.


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