Guido Pella praises teammate Diego Schwartzman ahead of the ATP Cup



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Guido Pella praises teammate Diego Schwartzman ahead of the ATP Cup

The inaugural ATP Cup will take place between January 3-12 in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, gathering 24 countries that will fight for the title and massive ATP points. In Group E in Sydney, Austria, Croatia, Argentina and Poland will compete for the place in the quarter-final, with Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric and Hubert Hurkacz as the leading singles protagonists.

Argentina is one of few countries with two players in the year-end top-25 after notable seasons for both Schwartzman and Pella who will try to shift that momentum onto the ATP Cup as well following the quarter-final loss to Spain at the Davis Cup Finals.

2019 was a breakthrough season for Guido Pella, scoring 35 victories and lifting the first ATP trophy in Sao Paulo at the age of 28 following deep runs in Cordoba and Buenos Aires. The Argentine was also the quarter-finalist in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Munich, making constant improvements on the list and boosting his ranking position after entering the last eight at Wimbledon.

The semi-final in Los Cabos helped Pella to crack the top-20 for the first time before the US Open, struggling a little bit in the rest of the season but finishing it on a high note after two victories at the Davis Cup over Nicolas Jarry and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Now, Guido is confident about his country's chances at the ATP Cup, praising Diego Schwartzman and hoping for a strong run on the entire team in the quest for the title and the best possible start of the new year. "Kicking off the season with a team event should be a great experience and I'm happy to defend the national colors with my teammates," Pella said.

"I want to keep playing my best tennis, improve the ranking position even more and confirm what I achieved in 2019; challenging and beating good rivals would make me happy. Everyone knows how good Diego Schwartzman is.

He has one of the best backhands on the Tour and his game is extremely solid overall; he is also one of the most consistent players out there. For all that, he has been ranked in the top-30 for three years."