Bueno and Mendez make good on favourites' role in Finland qualifying

AARE INVEST FINLAND PADEL OPEN 2023

Bueno and Mendez make good on favourites' role in Finland qualifying

Men's qualifying for the Aare Invest Finland Padel Open came to a conclusion, with four couples surviving plus a fifth via the Lucky Loser draw.

28-08-2023

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The inaugural tournament on Finnish soil started on Saturday in the qualifying rounds, the finals being hosted at the PadelOne Arena, the world's first-ever purpose-built padel arena.

After a four-week summer break, World Padel Tour is in full swing once more for the remainder of the 2023 campaign, Finland being the 19th different country to host an official event.

First in qualifying for the main draw were Nico Suescun and Victor Mena. The Spanish-Argentinian tandem had tough battles earlier in qualifying over the weekend, but beat Aris Patiniotis and Emilio Chamero 6-3 6-4 in the final round.

Number one seed Toni Bueno and Rafa Mendez secured their place too in straight sets in the second match, beating Spaniard Joseda Sanchez and Chilean Javi Valdes 7-5 6-4.

Alvaro Cepero and Alex Chozas went into the summer break in fine form, and picked up where they left off a month as they too managed to make it to the main draw. Cepero and Chozas needed three sets, but got past Mario Ortega and Carlos Marti 6-1 4-6 6-4.

Finally, Spaniards Jose Jimenez and Luis Hernandez, the number nine seed in qualifying, beat favourites Alonso Rodriguez and Jose Solano, doing so 6-1 5-7 6-2.

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