Wimbledon 2019: Kevin Anderson vs. Guido Pella preview

Wimbledon 2019: Kevin Anderson vs. Guido Pella preview

Kevin Anderson came to Wimbledon with some uncertainty after a month of dismissal due to injury, but started well and won the third round where he will face Argentina, Guido Pella.

Pella left the 29th position in the world when the tournament began, while Anderson needs to at least emulate his run to the final in 2018 to make sure he stays in the top ten. The South African occupies the eighth place in the world, with two places during his rest period before the Championship.

Anderson and Pella have never met at a Grand Slam or ATP event. The Argentine qualifies in the 26th position, but he is an outsider of rank having won only one singles title in his career to date, that triumph came this year but in Pella's favorite clay surface at the Monte Carlo Open.

The power of Anderson's service and the strength of his full game on the turf should be too much for a man who has achieved much of the success of his career on the doubles court. Pella prefers clay, but the grass is also his least favorite surface, at least in terms of wins and key statistics. The southpaw has lost the two games he played on the turf this season, retiring from the Eastbourne and Halle events before.

Pella fought through complicated games against unseeded opponents in the first two rounds of Wimbledon to match his best performance in SW19. He fired Marius Copil from Romania for the first time before being taken to five sets by Italian driver Andreas Seppi.

Anderson has comfortably overcome the challenge of Andy Murray's doubles partner in the first round before being tested a bit more by Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia on Wednesday. South Africa's number one says he does not feel under pressure to reach the final again this year but is happy with the way he has been playing.

Pella has little in terms of 'credibility of Wimbledon Street', but he is playing pretty well at the moment and could very well make life difficult for Anderson if he can keep the game alive long enough.

For the winner of this contest, the next round looks like a complicated one with the 2016 finalist, Milos Raonic bracketed to face Anderson or Pella in case it beats rookie Reilly Opelka of Wimbledon.

Live broadcast of Wimbledon

Wimbledon coverage in South Africa is offered exclusively in Supersport and DSTV Now. Highlights are available at Wimbledon.com or on the official Youtube events channel.

Kevin Anderson vs. Guido Pella is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 5, but schedules are subject to change due to unforeseen delays.