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Celebration time: Guido Pella is all smiles after his victor
Celebration time: Guido Pella is all smiles after his victor

By Andy Sims

Argentine Guido Pella pulled off a major upset at Wimbledon yesterday, beating fourth seed and 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets to reach the last-16 of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The 29-year-old, who beat the big-serving South African 6-4 6-3 7-6 (4), will play Canada's Milos Raonic next for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I don't know how to describe this moment," an emotional Pella said. "This match was unbelievable for me. I was focused the entire match and it was amazing.

"My mind is in the right place. I'm playing much more aggressively than previous years. I'm confident. I just need to continue to fight for every point.

"To be in the second week is an unbelievable feeling."

Anderson, runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, arrived after an injury-hit season due to a troublesome right elbow.

Pella, the 26th seed, made a nervy start, saving two break points in his opening service game on Centre Court before settling into his stride.

He kept the 6ft 8in Anderson, the tallest man to play a Wimbledon final, guessing with a dizzying array of shots, including his backhand slice, and made 13 unforced errors compared to 29 from his opponent.

There was little to choose between the two in the opening set until Anderson's first serve deserted him with the score delicately poised at 5-5.

Pella turned the screw at the right moment, converting his fourth set point to claim the opener.

Pella broke again in the second to race into a 3-0 lead. Anderson clawed a break back, but the Argentine broke again and served out to take a 2-0 lead.

Anderson fought on grimly to send the third set into a tie-break, but Pella kept his composure, winning a stunning exchange of volleys that brought the crowd to its feet to earn two match points before claiming the biggest win of his career.

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