London: Argentina’s Guido Pella pulled off a major upset on Friday, knocking 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson out in the third round in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6.
The 29-year-old Argentine, who will play in the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, was in control from the outset and a fine performance was summed up in an astonishing point at 5-4 in the tiebreak.
The duo exchanged several volleys at the net before the 26th seed put it away, sinking to his knees and letting out a roar of delight.
“The penultimate point it was unbelievable,” enthused Pella. “One of those days that the point belonged to me.
“I was so tight serving for the match at 5-4 (in the tiebreak) and that released me.”
He served out the match to send the fourth seeded South African packing and will play 2016 finalist Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals.