They did not go far from the feat, Bastien Blanque and Dylan Guichard, in the first semi-final of the FIP Rise of Bourg-en-Bresse. The tricolors lost in three sets against Mario Huete and Federico Mouriño. A defeat all the more cruel as the two Frenchmen had managed to break the tie in the last set, to return to 5/5.

A balanced set

In the first round, the two Frenchmen delivered first high-level games. The first service game, a clean win, proves to what extent Bastien and Dylan are in good shape and that they have the determination to go for this final in Ain. They are the first to obtain break points, which they fail to convert, on golden point.

But facing them, fierce Spanish women who do not intend to let them do it. And finally, with a slightly less good game from the French, they seized their serve. Despite all their efforts, Bastien and Dylan fail to return to the score: 6/4.

The rooster wakes up

In the second round, we feel that the French are coming back with good ambitions. Not too stunned by the loss of the first, they are even the first to make the break. At the change of ends, it was 3-0, even if they did not come far from being caught.

Always valiant, the French continue to push and seem to have found the solutions to their opponents. Mario Huete and Federico Mouriño can't do anything. A good service game from frenchies to conclude this round and lead the Spanish-Argentinian pair into a final decisive act.


There was barely any missing...

In the third set, the Spanish returned to the charge. More imposing on the track, they hurt the French and took the first break of this round. However, we feel that Guichard and Blanqué are never far away.

At 5-3, on the Spanish serve, it is the last chance for Bastien and Dylan to come back. What they do with courage, well supported by the public who came in large numbers. They come back to 5-5 and the match is restarted.

Unfortunately, a few gross mistakes and a little tension will get the better of the French. On their service game, at 5-6, the last hopes of the French vanished, on a match point magnificently concluded by Mario Huete.


“I have the impression that we are giving the match away a little”

At the end of the match, Dylan Guichard and Bastien Blanqué returned to their match. Of course, the disappointment is great… as much as the frustration: “It's very frustrating, because we achieved a pretty incredible break in the third set“, laments Dylan Guichard. “In the last game, I made two mistakes, I thought a little on two ends, maybe it's a little lack of experience“, he adds.

For his part, Bastien Blanqué gives somewhat the same speech. A certain disappointment and some lack of rigor. And above all, the taste of unfinished work: “We said to ourselves, we're going to come back, we're going to win. And I have the impression thatu 'we give a little the game". But there is one thing that Bastien Blanqué is sure of: “They were better than us in the important moments".

Difficult defeat, but we can only emphasize the very good level of play of the two French people during this FIP Rise in Bourg-en-Bresse.

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.