Argentina’s Guido Pella on Thursday rallied from two sets down to pull off a big upset, defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia, the third seed, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in a rain-interrupted second-round match at Wimbledon.
Pella, world No 82, was trailing two sets down but a break in play in the third due to rain on Wednesday caused the match to be resumed on Thursday and Pella came back a new man, dominating play over the final three sets and improving his overall record with the 2017 Wimbledon runner-up Cilic to 1-1, reported Efe.
Cilic, world No 5, had victory slip through his fingers as he lost the third set and then squandered a 3-1 lead in the fourth and finally gave away three break points in the fifth.
On the fourth match point, Pella booked a place to the third round of the tournament for the first time in his career.
Pella is set to take on the US’ Mackenzie McDonald, who defeated Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9.
Fabbiano advances into next round
Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano on Thursday knocked out former world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) to book a place in the third round of Wimbledon, equaling his best run ever in a Grand Slam tournament.
The match was played over two days, as rain and nightfall forced the encounter to be suspended on Wednesday while the Italian, world No. 133, was trailing 5-6 in the third set and on serve, reports Efe.
When the match was resumed, Fabbiano held serve and managed to clinch the third set tie-break, earning his first career win over Wawrinka, who struggled to regain form.
The three-time Grand champion Wawrinka, currently world No. 224, missed the later part of the last season due to a knee injury that required surgery.
Next up for Fabbiano, who had reached the 2017 US Open third round, will be Stefano Tsitsipas of Greece, who defeated United States’ Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.