First men's semi-final in Barcelona and a big entry match between Paquito Navarro / Federico Chingotto et Agustín Tapia / Arturo Coello. Two very different teams on paper, with world number 1s in search of sensations, who had a lot of difficulty at the end of the season, despite a title in Mexico. Then there were Navarro and Chingotto, the crowd favorites, who were playing their last tournament together.
These two groups met Many times this season. However, Fede and Paquito did not never won facing Coello and Tapia. It was the moment to this season's metronomes, in this semi-final.
In the end, victory in three sets for Paquito Navarro and Federico Chingotto: 4/6 6/4 6/4.
The set of missed opportunities
This first set is the scene of too many many missed opportunities. Break points for both teams, 5 points of gold in 8 games, the stats are crazy. However, neither team seems to want to take the advantage. Servers are solid on their commitment and there is no break at the start of the set.
It's at 4-4, in the money time of this first round, things get complicated for Navarro and Chingotto. Solid so far, Fede and Paquito miss a game, which gives the world number 1 a break.
It only takes one game for Agustín Tapia and Arturo Coello to take the lead in this meeting. By breaking at the best moment, they took the first set: 6/4.
The awakening of Paquito and Super mouse
In a good dynamic, Arturo and Agustín are already offering break balls in the first engagement of the second round. Fortunately, the good form of Paquito and Federico works in their favor. They manage to stay in this match.
It was ultimately the Chingotto/Navarro pair who broke first in this round and took the lead. However, a slump will cost the break to the outsiders of this part. A little annoyance appears in Paquito. Fortunately, Gaby Reca finds the right words to re-mobilize her team.
In a second round just as balanced as the first, Paquito and Fede return to a set everywhere. They can dream of the final again.
Chingotto and Navarro were able to pull themselves together
As in the second act, these are Chingotto and Navarro who break first. We feel the world number 1s are more physically challenged. A boon for outsiders who seize the opportunities to break quickly in this decisive set.
Agustín Tapia calls on physiotherapist, for sciatica pain, obviously. A 3-minute interruption that will hurt Paquito. In his service game, Navarro demonstrates unfailing nonchalance and it costs him the break. Back to 4-3 for world number 1s, service to follow.
The end of the encounter speeds up and gets completely crazy. Paquito and Fede save break points… Agustin and Arturo save a match point. Unfortunately for the world number 1s, there was a second to defend. In a trance, Fede and Paquito offer themselves their place in the final.
New final for the Navarro/Chingotto pair and above all, first victory for this training against the world number 1s, in seven confrontations.
On their side, Arturo Coello and Agustin Tapia will not be able to end their incredible season with a new title, nor a 100è victory. We will still have the opportunity to see them again next season!
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.