Former world No. 20 Guido Pella has revealed that he contemplated a retirement after Wimbledon.
Pella, now ranked at No. 93 in the world, has had a rough season.
After beating Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros in the French Open first round, Pella went on a five-match losing streak.
At Wimbledon, Pella competed well against Matteo Berrettini but utlimately fell short in four sets to the eventual Wimbledon runner-up.
Pella took a bit of a break after Wimbledon it has worked so far.
This week, Pella returned to action for the first time since Wimbledon and he has clinched two notable wins.
In his Cincinnati Masters opener, Pella beat 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin.
On Wednesday, Pella backed up his Goffin win as he surprised Fabio Fognini to reach the Cincinnati round-of-16.
“After Wimbledon I did not know if I was going to continue playing tennis and (coach) Fabian [Blengino] came to try to give me a little happiness back on the court. This is the first tournament that we are together. It made me see that I still have gas in the tank,” Pella revealed, per Sebastian Torok.
Pella delivered a good performance against Fognini
Pella had the first break points of the match in the second game but Fognini saved two break points to level the set at one game apiece.
However, it didn’t take Pella long to claim the first break of the match as he earned three consecutive breaks to win seven games in a row and take a 6-1 2-0 lead.
After losing seven games in a row, Fognini bounced back as he won three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead in the second set.
No breaks were seen until the 11th game, when Pella claimed his fourth break of the match to take a 6-5 second set lead.
Fognini had a chance to force a tie-break but Pella saved two consecutive break points in the 12th game en route to serving out for the match.