Padel Magazine - It was written that this Open would offer us surprising stories. Javier Limones and Raúl Díaz had already surprised us by reaching the quarter-finals, notably beating Matías Díaz and Cristian Gutiérrez in the round of 16.
But this was just the prelude to a series of knife games and the rise of a pair that only makes it to the final square of a competition like the Granada International Open for the second time.
The spectators of the Sports Palace have witnessed a surprise and not the least: Paquito Navarro and Jordi Muñoz reach the semi-finals by eliminating Sanyo Gutiérrez and Maxi Sánchez 3-6, 7-6 and 7-5.
Since the Malaga WPT, Paquito and Jordi have had to fight to re-enter this stage of the competition. Obviously if this pair surprises, it is the eliminated who disappoint. In Spain, the youngest pair in the world top 10 is talking a lot, because so much is expected of them. Sanyo and Maxi are expected because they have enormous potential, but they are still far from Juani Mieres and Pablo Lima or even world numbers 1. Moreover, they are still in the race to win this tournament.
Díaz-Belasteguin remains on an incredible unbeaten streak. They made a perfect match beating Gaby Reca y Seba Nerone. Note that Reca and Nerone were far from their best level, Nerone seeming to suffer from an obvious physical problem.
In the semifinals, the kings will face Lamperti-Grabiel.
The pair including the local player (Javier Limones) has indeed stopped at the gates of the half losing to Miguel Lamperti and Maxi Grabiel. Twice 6 / 2.
The 2 World numbers have not done in the lace yet beating a pair difficult to handle composed of Adrian Allemandi and Fernando Poggi. 6 / 3 and 6 / 4 were enough for Juani and Pablo to reach the semi-finals.
Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.