At the age of 29, Guido Pella is currently enjoying the best moments of his long career as a professional. This week, he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon - the first time he has reached that stage of a Grand Slam - and hopes to be at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in November. Pella was part of the team that won Argentina's first and so far only Davis Cup title, back in 2016.
What is your first memory of Davis Cup?
When I first played. I played in Poland, in 2016, it was my first singles match in Davis Cup and I won so it was the first of many great memories that I have in that competition.
We guess that your favourite memory is to win the Davis Cup that year...
When we played against Croatia, I think that nobody expected us to win and I think that we played an unbelievable Davis Cup during the whole year, and when we won we couldn’t believe it because we’ve lost four finals in the past, and now to be part of that team, it was an unbelievable feeling.
What are your feelings when you play in Davis Cup?
My feelings are completely different because on the Tour you play alone, you don’t play for Argentina and, for me, to play for your country is the best. To play against other countries, to play against other players is the most unbelievable feeling that I can feel in tennis, and I think that most of the players think that. Now it’s only in one week, but the other years were like four ties so I think that this competition is really good for tennis.
"People go crazy when Argentina is playing, no matter in what sport, so I think in Madrid the atmosphere is going to be great"
What should we expect from your passionate fans in Madrid?
I think that all Argentinians want their team to be in the best competitions and I think all the crowd, all the people who are going to Madrid, are expecting us to play well, to play a very good Davis Cup Final. We will try to do our best, as always, and maybe try to get to the final, semi-finals - to be happy and to enjoy that competition.
But don’t you feel more pressure because of their passion?
It’s very tough because as you said in Argentina everything is like that. People go crazy when Argentina is playing, no matter in what sport, so I think in Madrid the atmosphere is going to be great because there are a lot of Argentinians living there, so I think it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere.
Complete the sentence - ‘If I win the Davis Cup, I will…’
Aaahh… I don’t know… like razor my head? Shave my head!
What’s your favourite Spanish food?
And, if you know Madrid, what’s your favourite place in the city?
The Retiro (the most important park in Madrid) area. For me it’s unbelievable. Every time I can I go, it’s so quiet, so good to read a book or just to walk by the lake. So I think that part of Madrid is my favourite.
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