Guido Pella added his name to the list of ATP champion Sunday winning his maiden title in Sao Paulo besting young Chilean Christian Garin 7-5, 6-3.
Pella had fallen short in his previous four finals, including blowing a set and break lead last month in Cordoba, but the 28-year-old lefty got it done this week without losing a single set.
“After five finals, it was time that I won the match. I didn’t know what to say, what to think,” Pella said. “It was a very emotional moment for me. I’m not used to crying a lot and today was unbelievable.
“After Cordoba I was devastated because I lost that final,” Pella said. “I was playing very good there and after the second set I couldn’t play anymore. It was very tough weeks after Cordoba.”
Pella is already the seventh different player to win a first title this season, joining Alex de Minaur (Sydney), Tennys Sandgren (Auckland), Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba), Reilly Opelka (New York), Laslo Djere (Rio de Janeiro) and Radu Albot (Delray Beach).
The Argentine’s ranking rose from No. 48 to a new career-high of 34 which puts him right on the edge of an Indian Wells seeding.
The 22-year-old Garin was appearing in his first career ATP final.
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