Argentine world No. 25 Guido Pella was extremely satisfied with the way he performed against 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic at the ATP Cup. Pella, who suffered a shock defeat to Austrian world No. 105 Dennis Novak on Monday, bounced back two days later with a straight-set win over Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 (1) 6-3.
Cilic made a good start to the match but Pella recovered from a break down, before dominating the tie-break to win the opener. The Argentine then saved a total of five break points, before claiming the lone break of the second set in the sixth game.
"I think I played very solid from the baseline. My service game was improving a lot after the first set, so I started to feel much confident with my game, with my whole game," Pella said, per the ATP Cup. "I think in the end I was playing my best tennis with great shots, very good from the baseline.
I also played good volleys, so I think overall I did a very good match." Pella's teammate Diego Schwartzman then delivered in the second rubber as he saw off Borna Coric in two sets to secure the win for Argentina over Croatia.