Pella has obviously gained in self-confidence by defeating Marin Čilić at Wimbledon. It doesn’t matter that that match was played on grass – it was still a huge victory for Pella and it clearly boosted his performance. We also mustn’t forget that here, in his match against Bedene, he came back from a set and a double break down to win, which is also something that will give you extra energy. The Argentinian’s game is solid and he deserves to be in the semifinals.
Pella’s next opponent is Robin Haase, whose win against Andrey Rublev did not surprise me at all. The Russian was tired from the match he had played the day before and had little time to recover. Also, he is still not 100-percent fit after not playing for three months because of a back injury. Nonetheless, it was nice of him to come here to try and defend his title, and I hope he will come back again.
Haase has managed to finally show us, here in Umag, how good he is, even though we have already known that. He plays well on any surface, can be a tricky opponent for anyone and knows all there is to know about tennis. Besides, he will even play in the doubles final here, which means he is a good player. I have always thought he could do better but it seemed as if something has held him down.
Perhaps he will manage to turn things around here, let go and even claim the title, why not? He is in the semifinals, which means he now needs to win just two more matches to win the tournament, and that no longer seems so impossible.
The second semifinal match will star the two Marcos, Cecchinato and Trungelliti, who have also reached this stage of the tournament quite rightly. Besides, Cecchinato has been one of the favorites from the very start, as he arrived here after reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros. On the other hand, Laslo Đere played as well as he could. It wasn’t bad but, at this moment, Cecchinato is the better player and, more importantly, he is getting better from one match to the other.
The other day, Evgeny Donskoy might have beaten Damir Džumhur; however, just one day later and he was no longer playing at the same level. As with most Russians, his game seesaws between good and bad, and it is hard from him to maintain continuity. Plus, he was unlucky to get the very good Trungelliti. The Argentinian is a talented player and is definitely worth more than his current 188th position in the ATP Rankings.