Guts and skill help Guido Pella defeat Raonic to bounce into Wimbledon QFs


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Guts and skill help Guido Pella defeat Raonic to bounce into Wimbledon QFs

After 12 years on tour, Argentine Guido Pella gave a scream at finally winning his first career title four months ago at the Brazil Open. He defeated Christian Garin in straight sets upon their second meetup. It was clearly the beginning of elevating his game style, trying to do well at Wimbledon.

The grass court warmups weren't very successful. He lost in the first round at Halle to David Goffin and at Eastbourne another opening disaster loss to NextGenTaylor Fritz. Pella couldn't predict what might happen to go into Wimbledon.

It was the Argentine's opening set he defeated Andreas Seppi in a drag out 5 setter to win despite the Italian blasting 16 aces. Things got scary for Pella when he landed on Centre Court opposite the big South African Keven Anderson.

The Argentine brought his determination and self-belief into the stadium and played it aggressively from the first ball hit. It paid off big time as he kept his momentum to win three straight sets and the match, feeling accomplished and satisfied.

Players start feeling their game turn a better corner in reaching the round of 16. Pella knew he had to make his match count with Canada's Milos Raonic. It was doubt and desperation causing the Argentine to up his game, looking at himself in a two-set deficit.

What could I do to at least win a set? The Argentine asked himself seeing his chances of leaving Wimbledon to grow near. He dug deep to win that third set, being devious, performing good strategies and taking Raonic off guard in most shots.

Pella at this point was grateful to be deep into a Wimbledon Championship. "I always try to fight for every ball...two sets down, that was a very tough moment..." he'd explain to the ATP tour media. The fourth set was the turning point for Pella to capitalize on Raonic's lack of energy and drive.

He told the ATP tour media that "When I won the fourth set, it was not easier for me, but...I felt he was starting to be a little bit down in his game...I tried to be more focused than ever." Raonic who's had many injuries might have caused him to lose stamina and focus, but not Pella.

He banged it out to pull off the victory. The Argentine had only gotten to the third round last year at Wimbledon. The win of 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 8-6 proved a great moment in Pella's career and he will surely take that spirit into the quarterfinals when he meets up with the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.