It was there der des der. The last dance of World Padel Tour. The last emotions of a Master Final. The last masters of Barcelona. Two pairs to write history: Lebron / Galan et Chingotto/Navarro.
After the victory, earlier in the morning, of Delfi Brea and Bea González, it was the men's turn to make their entrance onto the black carpet of the Palau Sant Jordi. THE ultra-favorites of this meeting were none other than Lebron and Galan. However, pay attention to Paquito Navarro and Federico Chingotto, dreaming of first title together.
Paquito and Fede have had all the bad luck in the world since their association. Finals, often vain hopes. In Barcelona, they are finally at the top. Finally a final won – and played – for Fede Chingotto. In a match that they flew over, victory for Chingotto and Navarro: 6 / 1 6 / 4.
A break for Lebron/Galan, 6-0 for Chingotto/Navarro
The score of this first round may be surprising, if you have only looked at the first play of the match. Because yes, it's good Lebron and Galan who break first in this meeting. They lead 1-0 on the scoreboard, the match is on.
Everything collapsed the following game for the former world number 1s. On golden point, Ale Galan and Juan Lebron are caught in the score. It must be said that on the other hand, Federico Chingotto and Paquito Navarro are impressive. Between strokes of genius and the Argentinian's unreal defense, we have the impression that nothing can disturb the Spanish-Argentinian pair.
Chingo and Paquito disgust quite simply the former world number 1s. They deprive Lebron and Galan of solutions and it shows in the score. 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1 and then comes the painful one, 6/1. First set in hand, Fede and Paquito are getting closer to their ultimate dream.
A title for this last dance
Things are not getting better at the start of the second set for Lebron and Galan. We know Paquito Navarro and Federico Chingotto. We know that they can have a drop in speed at the start of a second set. Nay. They continue their good momentum and even get another break. The title seems closer and closer.
On the other side of the net, the former world number 1s can't do much. However, they will seek the resources necessary to pick up the score and eliminate the break. Once again, they play a very bad game behind and offer another break... Federico Chingotto serves for the set.
Gaby Reca says it at the change of ends: “our only enemy is anxiety". It's not easy to finish a match. Except that, when it comes to Chingotto, it seems much easier. For their very last dance, they offer themselves the most beautiful song, they are masters of Barcelona.
"I'm so happy that I ended up winning this title. This is what the team was missing“, testifies Paquito at the end of the meeting. “He taught me a lot of things and I will only keep very good memories.“, concludes Federico. We remind you, the public's favorites will not play together next season.
Il there will be no hat-trick for Lebron and Galan. There will be a title for Chingotto and Navarro. And there will be one last match which will have made history. THE World Padel Tour couldn't end without a last burst, a last shiver.
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.