Coello and Tapia, six-time champions for history
Arturo Coello and Agustín Tapia have turned padel competition into groundhog day. Now, also champions of the Brussels Open and with 6 titles out of a possible 6 to their credit, everyone is wondering when they will find an opponent to stop them. The final against Stupaczuk and Di Nenno was their 27th consecutive victory on the World Padel Tour 2023.
The Belgian capital received the big tournament of the year with an unusual question. The doubt wasn't about who would win the tournament of all the pairings, but whether Tapia and Coello would repeat modern history. Everything was starting to get on track as this year's number ones advanced without dropping a single set towards their most usual stage, the championship final.
Standing in their way were their favourite victims. The 'classic' of contemporary padel was going to take place on centre court in Brussels. The level exhibited in the 5 matches they have played this season made the stomachs of those who were preparing to enjoy another historic encounter.
Equality was palpable from the first ball that rolled across the Belgian carpet. The Superpibes took the initiative with a break of serve. The Argentinian roast was ready to devour when they marched with a set ball. However, when they were about to take a bite, Coello and Tapia took away their plate of food without even asking for permission. They won the first set with the suspense and emotion worthy of a great final.
They didn't give up the second set, they didn't even consider letting their biggest predators smell blood. Thus, after a similar start to the first set, they closed with a 6-3. The match was now in a stalemate and the youngsters once again pulled out their cape to put the unbeatens on the ropes. The spectacle was magical, with details that had the Belgians clapping their hands on every point.
Tapia and Coello did it again when their opponents showed the slightest weakness, took advantage and attacked. The set ended up closing with the same result as the second (6-3), but fell on the other side of the coin, that of these first months of the season. The number one is already in direct competition, and it will be in Vigo where the tables may be turned. In the meantime, the Coello-Tapia duo continue to make history without any qualms.