Guido Pella joins Diego Schwartzman and Juan Ignacio Londero in Cordoba


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Guido Pella joins Diego Schwartzman and Juan Ignacio Londero in Cordoba

The inaugural Cordoba Open took place in February, replacing canceled ATP 250 event in Quito that had to leave the Tour due to lack of financial support. Thus, the Lawn Tenis Club Cordoba hosted the first ATP tournament on clay in 2019, gathering an excellent field led by Fabio Fognini, Marco Cecchinato, Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Carreno Busta.

As it turned out, three out of those four top seeds couldn't reach the quarters, with Aljaz Bedene, Jaume Munar, Pedro Cachin, Pablo Cuevas, Guido Pella, Federico Delbonis and Juan Ignacio Londero joining Schwartzman in the last eight.

There, Pella ousted Schwartzman in straight sets to advance into the semis together with other South American players, setting an all-Argentine clash with Juan Ignacio Londero. World no. 112 Londero ousted Pella in three sets to claim the first ATP title and become the inaugural champion, with both players signing to play Cordoba again together with Diego Schwartzman.

The second edition of the Cordoba Open will take place in the first week of February 2020, offering an opportunity for clay-courters to chase points after the Australian Open. Guido Pella will try to go one step further and claim the title in front of the home fans in two months, looking eager to continue where he left in 2019 and crack the top-20 again.

Making progress through the ranking list in every year since 2016, Pella will wrap up the season in the top-25 for the first time, scoring 36 victories on the Tour and earning a spot in the top-20 back in August. Guido claimed the first ATP title in Sao Paulo on indoor clay following good runs in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, advancing into the quarter-final in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Munich and making constant improvements on the list.

Against all the odds, the Argentine found himself in the quarter-final at Wimbledon after a thrilling victory over Milos Raonic 8-6 in the fifth set, keeping the form and advancing into the semi-final in Los Cabos and the third round in Montreal.

The results were not there by the end of the season but Guido did enough to finish in the top-25, ready to represent his country at the ATP Cup in January and fight for the first win in Melbourne since 2016.