World No. 25 Guido Pella revealed he was a bit surprised by the number of Argentines which came to Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney to cheer for the Argentina ATP Cup team. Pella, the second-highest ranked Argentine, delivered in the opening rubber of the tie against Poland as he beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-2 2-6 6-2.
Pella, who won his maiden ATP title last year and also achieved a career-high ranking of No. 20, dropped his serve three times against Majchrzak but also broke the Pole five times. "I didn't know that Sydney has so many Argentines, so it was a big shock for me," Pella said.
"It was almost full, the stadium. They were cheering for me, so it was a very nice atmosphere for the first tournament of the year," Pella said, per the ATP Cup. Rising Polish star Hubert Hurkacz came up big against world No.
14 Diego Schwartzman in the second rubber but Poland still couldn't come up with a comeback win. Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni of Argentina delivered a clutch performance in the deciding rubber as they saw off Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot 6-2 6-4 to give Team Argentina its first victory in Sydney.