Argentine tennis player Guido Pella downed American Maxime Cressy 6-3, 6-4 after 1 hour 41 minutes of play in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia ATP M1000 tournament in Rome. The world number 484 will meet the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round.
The duel of different qualities faced each other in the first round ATP Masters 1000 Rome. On the other hand, there was fire Guido Pella, who spent a year without competition due to injuries and paternity and uses a protected ranking, competes in major tournaments. So far he has shown that even though he needs to improve physically, being off the track didn’t put him out of rhythm that much as he achieved some interesting wins. on the other hand arrived Maxime Cressy, a player adapted to fast pitches. The American, ranked in the Top 50, already has an ATP final (Montpellier) in 2023 and seven straight losses in his last appearances. This match is unprecedented on the track.
Guido Pella and Maxime Cressy looked at each other in the first round ATP M1000 de Roma.
At the beginning of the assignment, the Argentine hurt the serve, looked for options and took advantage of the open serve to escape against the initial break point and show his weapon. The American then used serve and net to stay out of any big risks. After the hold, the man from Bahia took advantage of his rival’s mistakes, attacked with a powerful draw and broke from zero to take advantage. Later, the development of the match went without problems for the albiceleste, despite the fact that Cressy always held, but did not go through crisis moments with serving. Serving the set, Pella commanded the powers to escape from 30-30 with great courage from the backhand and go forward 6-3 in 43 minutes.
After two quick opening games, both ending in a serve and a forehand, and without much development, the frenzy arrived at the Foro Italico. The American survived a sprawling match where 20 points were contested and saved three clear break point opportunities. Then the Argentinian continued to demand with an open serve at times against and he felt comfortable to level two in a row. After that, Guido released the reception, found spaces where he wanted to hurt and knew how to break. In the sixth and seventh games, they survived break points unscathed and continued. Although Cressy was always at the back, Pella never slacked off, maintaining her fantastic composure and pushing through 6-3, 6-4 after 1h41min.