The expectations were evident at the Palau Sant Jordi with a morning in which they saw real luxury matches in search of the quarterfinals. With a stand occupied by an already important capacity of public, they opened the round of 16 solid Pablo Lima and Agustín Tapia that despite being the earliest risers, they made it through to the quarterfinals without problems. The Cupra duo beat Denis Tomas and Sergio Alba by a resounding 6-0 and 6-3 and they will face Javi Garrido-Juan Ruiz in the quarterfinals.
Paquito Navarro and Martín di Nenno were the next to pass through the Sant Jordi plant. In front they had dangerous Agustín Silingo and Jon Sanz who endured the onslaught until the end of the first round, but surrendered in the second giving the pass to the Spanish-Argentine duo (7-5 and 6-0).
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Although anticipated, there were fewer complications in which they were found Fernando Belasteguin and Sanyo Gutiérrez in front of their executioners in Sardinia and managed to take revenge for the recent defeat, although Miguel Lamperti and Miguel Yanguas sold their skin dearly. The Argentine duo won in three even sets by 6-7 (6), 6-4 and 6-4 and certified their pass to the quarterfinals.
Stupaczuk-Ruiz had to come back to overcome Jorge Ruiz and Salva Oria (4-6, 6-1 and 6-3) and will face Ale Galán-Juan Lebrón, classified directly. Much more placid was the victory of the Tello-Chingotto couple against Edu Alonso and Víctor Ruiz (6-3 and 6-2) whom Jesús Moya and Xisco Gil await, who eliminated Momo González and Javi Rico (7-6 (2) and 7-5).
The favorites, firm
The women’s team followed the logical evolution, which turns into exciting the quarterfinals with four stellar duels: Gemma Triay-Alejandra Salazar will face Aranza Osoro-Victoria Iglesias; Marta Marrero-Martita Ortega to Paty Llaguno-Virginia Riera; Lucía Sainz-Bea González to Tamara Icardo-Delfi Brea and Ari Sánchez and Paula Josemaría to the Sánchez Alayeto sisters. All of them certified the pass in two sets and giving a maximum of seven games, which was the case of Sainz-González against Jessica Castelló and Alix Collombon (6-2 and 7-5), showing that they are continuing with a firm step in Barcelona.
The Cupra day
Cupra player Alejandro Galán and his partner Juan Lebrón went directly to the quarterfinals without going through the Palau Sant Jordi headquarters. The reason, the injury of his rival in the second round, Juan Martín Díaz, who was subjected to medical tests that determined that it was better not to go ahead with what they withdrew from the tournament. Ale and Lebrón will face Alex Ruiz and Franco Stupaczuk in the quarterfinals.