Guido Pella Defeats Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon to Reach Fourth Round at a Grand Slam for First Time Ever

Guido Pella is making a habit of big-name upsets at Wimbledon

The 29-year-old Argentine professional tennis player beat 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) on Centre Court on Friday afternoon. Twelve months ago, Pella had never won a grass-court match in his career, but edged past 2017 finalist Marin Cilic on No. 1 Court en route to the third round.

Guido Pella

Pella, whose fastest serve clocked 124 miles per hour in comparison to 136 from Anderson, played with great variety and kept his fourth-seeded South African opponent on the move for victory in two hours and 34 minutes. 

He’s now through to the fourth round of a Grand Slamchampionship for the first time in his career, where he’ll play 2016 finalist Milos Raonic, the No. 15 seed from Canada, on Monday.

“I haven’t played him,” said Raonic. “It’s going to be tough. He played well here last year, beating Marin, obviously getting a good win today, and even in his last match over [Andreas]Seppi, who has always played well on grass…. He’s been on tour for a long time, and I don’t know if he’s been to this stage of a Grand Slam. But to beat Kevin here, that’s a job very well done.”

Pella twice came within one point of a set and 4-1 lead, before Anderson worked his way back to 3-3 in the second set. But Anderson, contesting just his fourth tournament of 2019 as a result of a right elbow injury, struggled on second serve and in controlling his backhand.

Pella clinched the first set with a break when Anderson hit a forehand into the net; the second set turned once more in his favour when Anderson failed to cleanly run down and strike back a well-placed lob, while clinical play in the third set tie-break sent Pella on his way to a 26th match win this season.

In the penultimate point of the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting, No. 26 seed Pella dropped to the floor fist-pumping after winning a 17-stroke rally at close quarters with a forehand volley. The same shot, coupled with good anticipation, helped him seconds later to a memorable victory.

Both players have won ATP Tour titles this year: Anderson at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune (d. Karlovic) and Pella at the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo (d. Garin). Anderson returned from his injury at the Fever-Tree Championships last month for the first time since Miami. Pella is tied with Rafael Nadalfor most clay-court match wins this year (21).

Opelka saved eight break points to Raonic’s three prior to the first set tie-break, which the Canadian wrapped up when Opelka made a forehand error. Opelka’s challenge quickly faltered. He hit three double faults at 2-3 in the second set, then committed three groundstroke errors at 2-5 to hand Raonic a commanding lead. Opelka won just six points in the third set.

“I thought it was good. I did the things I wanted to do. When it was important, I played as well as I could have,” said Raonic. “All the break points I had in the first set, he did his part in making sure I had really no chance other than one. Maybe I would have taken back that attempt of a lob and tried to go through him, but other than that I don’t think I hesitated much or made many poor decisions out there.”

Nadal Defeats Andreas Seppi to Reach Hamburg Open Final

Rafael Nadal is back in an ATP men’s final…

The 29-year-old Spanish tennis star beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognini.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal served a double-fault at match point in the seventh game before breaking serve in the next to win.

Nadal, the tournament’s top seed, is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004.

The former World No. 1 has dropped to 10th in the rankings and is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.

He won in Hamburg in 2008, the last time he played in the clay-court event.

The fourth-seeded Fognini beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set.

Nadal holds a 4-2 career edge over Fognini, the 2013 Hamburg champion.

Cuevas Upsets Andreas Seppi to Reach the Croatia Open Quarterfinals

Pablo Cuevas is on an impressive roll…

The 28-year-old Uruguayan tenista, who won his first-ever ATP title at the Swedish Open earlier this month, upset sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi on Thursday to become the first qualifier to reach the Croatia Open quarterfinals in seven years.

Pablo Cuevas

Cuevas, riding the confidence of his maiden ATP title in Sweden, didn’t drop serve, played patiently from the baseline, and pushed Seppi into unforced errors.

Seppi failed to convert three break points while trailing 5-3 in the first set, and never recovered. He won the first game of the second set, then lost the next six, winning only four points on Cuevas’ serve.

Cuevas will play Teymuraz Gabashvilion Friday, after the Russian came from a set and a break down to beat João Sousa of Portugal, a rising star on the tour.

Ferrer Reaches Portugal Open Final; Carreno-Busta’s Cinderella Run Ends

David Ferrer is one step closer to earning his next title…

The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes to reach the finals of the Portugal Open.

David Ferrer

Ferrer, who will be playing in his 37th final, will face off against Stanislas Wawrinka for the clay title after the Swiss player ended the run of Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Ferrer was the picture of efficiency in the defeat of his Italian opponent, with the Spaniard now in the hunt for his 21st career trophy.

“It’s good to get to the final here, I’ve always dreamed of winning this title, there is so much history at this tournament,” said Ferrer, who leads the ATP this season with match wins on 28 with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal trailing behind with 26.

Ferrer, currently ranked No.  4 in the world, holds a 5-0 match record over Seppi, who didn’t hold his serve until the second set. He’s won two titles already this season, in New Zealand and Argentina.

Pablo Carreno-Busta

Meanwhile Wawrinka ended the Cinderella run of Carreno-Busta, the 21-year-old Spaniard player currently ranked No. 228.

Carreno-Busta has had a solid run on the lower-level Futures and Challenger circuits and has won 50 matches already this season. He was playing his first semi-final at the ATP level at his fourth tour-level event.