Argentina's Guido Pella entered the Cincinnati Masters not knowing that he was a win away from clinching 100 ATP wins. Pella, ranked at No. 22 in the world, edged out rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud 7-5 7-6 (4) in his Cincinnati opener.
The 29-year-old Argentine, who is enjoying a career-high ranking on the tour, has now won 32 matches this season. "I knew that I was pretty close to 100 wins, but I didn’t count, so this is a big surprise for me,” Pella said, as revealed on the ATP website.
“To win more than 30 matches this year is something I didn’t expect, so I’m very happy." Pella now awaits the winner of the match between Belgian David Goffin and USA's Taylor Fritz. Pella, who achieved a career-high ranking of No.
21 in the world this year, has a great chance to continue his rankings rise as he doesn't have lots of points to defend in the rest of the season. "I think my mind has been in the right place for the past two seasons.
That’s why I’ve won so many matches,” Pella acknowledged. “I like to be in this position, so I want to keep improving my game and my mind”.