When Guido Pella left in his 2013 Wimbledon debut against the unknown Jesse Levine in the fifth set, he did not imagine that he would be in lands that much later would bring him his greatest joys.
A thorny path at the All England Club with a couple of third rounds, a debut against the impassable “homeowner” Roger Federer in 2016 and even an unexpected absence the following year.
But 2019 came, the last Wimbledon before the pandemic in which the bahiense was able to spread his wings and fly no less than the quarterfinals.
A first round against Marius Copil, a second against Andreas Seppi, a third and consecratory match against Kevin Anderson in straight sets, eighth-finals with epic vs. Milos Raonic in five and the brake two steps from the final against Roberto Bautista Agut.
The feat of having eliminated in this edition two of the last three runners-up in the tournament (Raonic, finalist in 2016, and Anderson, runner-up in the tournament in 2018). And the antecedent of beating in the first round of 2018 Marin Cilic, finalist in 2017. A real hangman of these times.
The total record of 8-5 is just a statistic because with the next Wimbledon there will surely be more Pella to talk about.