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Guido Pella will try to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday.

Pella Goes From 'Wanting To Cry' To Outlasting Raonic

Pella, Bautista Agut to meet in QF

Argentina's Guido Pella has made a name for himself on the ATP Tour with his clay-court success, but at this rate, Pella will soon be well-known for his grass-court results as well. The 26th seed upset another former Wimbledon finalist on Monday, beating 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 8-6 to make his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

It's a very nice feeling, because seriously, I never thought that I was going to do the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam,” Pella said. 

I always try to fight for every ball. When I was two sets down, that was a very tough moment for me because he was playing really, really good. But after the third set, I think I started to play much better.

When I won the fourth set, it was not easier for me, but... I felt he was starting to be a little bit down in his game, slower and so I tried to be more focused than ever.”

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The 29-year-old knocked out last year's finalist and fourth seed Kevin Anderson in the third round, and the left-hander found a way to break Raonic's serve to get past the fourth round at SW19.

The 15th-seeded Raonic didn't face a break point in the first two sets and served for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set. But Pella broke him for the second time in the match and pulled away in the tie-break. Raonic erased three match points while serving in the fifth set – 4-5, Ad Out; 5-6, 15/40 – before Pella broke through when the Canadian sliced a backhand volley into the net.

When I lost the third match point I wanted to cry. He was serving so good in those points that I couldn't do anything,” Pella said, smiling. “But I think I kept playing, kept fighting for every ball.”

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Raonic was trying to reach his fourth consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final. “I just started to run out of gas,” he said. “Obviously, he was the one who was physically much better towards the end.

“It's frustrating. It's twice this year. I ran out of gas in Australia and ran out of gas here. That happened to me a few times early in my career, and I thought it was unacceptable, and I think of it exact same way now.”

Before this fortnight, Pella had never reached the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam. He won his first ATP Tour title at the Rio Open presented by Claro in February and is tied with Rafael Nadal for the Tour lead in clay-court wins (21).

But Pella made the third round of Wimbledon last year after upsetting 2017 finalist Marin Cilic in the second round, when he also came back from two sets to zero down.

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Pella will next meet Roberto Bautista Agut, the No. 23 seed, who competed with great service consistency to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time — equalling his best Grand Slam championship performance (also 2019 Australian Open). The Spaniard beat 28th seed Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes. Bautista Agut won the first four games of the third set.

Paire later admitted, “I have a tear in my abdominal, so I tried to serve like 60-70 per cent, but it's tough. When you play against Bautista Agut, it's not easy.”

Bautista Agut leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Pella 2-0, but they've never met on grass.

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