It was the poster of these semi-finals in this first edition of the Betclic Bordeaux Premier Padel : in a crowded Arena, Fernando Belasteguin and Juan Tello (TS1) met the 3 seed, Momo Gonzalez and Alex Ruiz. Two teams contending for the title – and favorites in this tournament – ​​from the semi-finals, this could only predict a great show.

This is what happened at the central Arkéa Arena, with a duel in three sets, which ended with a victory for Ruiz / Gonzalez: 6/4 3/6 7/6.

Momo and Alex: an almost perfect start

The first set was largely in favor of Momo Gonzalez and Alex Ruiz. Although they still had to defend break points from their first engagement, they were the ones who offered themselves the most opportunities in this set. If they missed several on King Bela's first service game, they managed to convert them on Juan Tello's next game.

Consequently, this made 6/4 on the scoreboard and a first set in hand for the 3 seed.

However, Gato and Bela quickly recovered and converted their first break of the match, at the very beginning of the second set. This time, they raced in the lead and never let their opponents catch up.

Far from wanting to say goodbye to a place in the final, the Tello / Belasteguin pair recovered to one set everywhere in this match: 6/3.

A tearful finish

The start of the third set was, for once, very tight. The two pairs went blow for blow and neither team managed to steal the other's serve. While one pair could have taken the upper hand, neither seemed to do so in this third set.

The turning point of the match will be at 4/3 for Momo/Ruiz, when Fernando Belasteguin requests a medical break. Visibly affected, King Bela needed the intervention of the physio for pain, apparently in the thigh.

Belasteguin held on throughout the match, but we saw him suffer in each of his movements. The efforts forward and backward cost him dearly each time.

In the tie-break, Bela / Tello misses his start and finds himself trailing 6/2. Ruiz's arm trembles. It's thinking. The final is within reach. But the 1st seed of the tournament manages to get back to 6 everywhere. The public wants to see Bela in the final. But Gonzalez / Ruiz managed to conclude this tie-break on a counter-smash from Momo.

It is a Alex Ruiz in tears who we find on the track, almost surprised to find himself in the final of the Bordeaux tournament. The Spaniard has been struggling for many months. And he paid tribute to his partner Momo Gonzalez. “I have an exceptional partner and I thank him for trusting me”, he slips.

Hostilities continue at the Arkea Arena now, with Bergamini / Cardona facing Nieto / Sanz.

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.