Dylan Guichard et Bastien Blanqué qualified for the final of the FIP Rise in Monaco by eliminating the tournament favorites, Clement Geens et Frame Cassetta, in two rounds: 7/5 – 7/5.

An unbreathable first set

The French, however, started badly with a break conceded from the start. They broke at 3/3 and then went ahead on two points of gold. Solid on the decisive points, the two Tricolores missed the opportunity to conclude the first round with a new decisive point at 5/4.

Geens and Cassetta almost reversed the situation by obtaining break points at 5/5. The Blues relied on their overhead power advantage to earn free points. They make their way to the golden point at 6/5 where Bastien Blanqué places a bajada winner in the Belgian's feet. First set 7/5 in favor of the French !

The Blues were hot

The Italian-Belgian pair, seeded one in the table, took a morale blow with this loss of the first set. From then on, they dove forward with each opponent's smash preparation and lost the net more easily because the arm began to tense. Guichard and Blanqué continued their momentum calmly, until making the break to lead 5/2.

While they were touching the Holy Grail, the French made a series of errors, offering the next three games to Geens and Cassetta who regained momentum. While we were heading straight towards a tie-break of all dangers, Dylan Guichard signs one last high-flying game to win in a final golden point : 7/5 – 7/5 in 1h30 of play !

Dylan Guichard and Bastien Blanqué will therefore compete the final tomorrow facing two Spaniards, William Collado (166th in the world) and Daniel Santigosa (133rd in the world). The number five seeds defeated their compatriots, Marques and Alfaro, in the first semi-final (4/6 – 6/4 – 7/6).

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!