Joseba Ezkurdia and Jon Mariezkurrena Crowned Champions of CaixaBank Masters
Joseba Ezkurdia and Jon Mariezkurrena have emerged as the victors of the highly anticipated CaixaBank Masters, surpassing all expectations with a comfortable victory over Jokin Altuna and Ander Imaz. The final score of 22-6 accurately reflects the dominant performance witnessed at the Navarra Arena, which has now become the impregnable stronghold of this formidable duo.
A Display of Unmatched Superiority
The Colorados wasted no time in asserting their dominance. Starting from a 2-1 lead, they swiftly extended it to 8-1, leaving no doubt about their absolute superiority. Although Ezkurdia’s initial mistake provided a glimmer of hope for the blues, they failed to capitalize on it. The Navarrese pair quickly extinguished any signs of resistance with an impressive 6-0 run. With Mariezkurrena’s powerful shots and Ezkurdia’s relentless attacks, Altuna and Imaz struggled to find their footing. The champions not only subdued their opponents on the offensive end but also displayed exceptional defensive skills whenever necessary.
A Decisive Victory
After reaching a commanding 14-4 lead, Mariezkurrena’s rare error while attempting a two-wall shot served as a mere prelude to another surge from the Colorados. The scoreline soared to an insurmountable 19-5, leaving Imaz injured and Altuna helpless. The final blow came from Berriozar, who not only lost four balls but also scored an astonishing seven goals. This sealed the fate of the game, with the Navarrese duo closing it out with three more goals.
Ezkurdia-Mariezkurrena II: 22
Altuna III-Imaz: 6
Duration: 50 minutes
Serves: Ezkurdia 2, Altuna 0
Points: Ezkurdia 6, Mariezkurrena 7, Altuna 0, Imaz 0
Mistakes: Ezkurdia 2, Mariezkurrena 4, Altuna 1, Imaz 6
Score: 2-0, 2-1, 8-1, 8-4, 14-4, 14-5, 19-5, 19-6, 22-6
Incidents: Full house at the Navarra Arena