Pella survives Mayer test in San Pablo

Guido Pella came back from the brink of defeat Monday in his first-round match at Brazil Open 2014. The 23 years old player saved a match point to defeat his countryman Leonardo Mayer (59°), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) in two and a half hours.

After two sets without breaks, Pella fell behind in third set before fighting back in the seventh game. The Bahía Blanca native then trailed 30/40 down on serve at 4-5, but saved the match points before clinching victory in the deciding tie-break.

This victory allowed Pella to defend 2R reached in 2013, when he defeated italian Fabio Fognini. Also,he increased to 2-1 the h2h against Mayer, finalist this year in Viña del Mar (Chile). 

Guido will next challenge Argentinian Horacio Zeballos (116°), who beats Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (197°), 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.