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Marco Cecchinato (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko tʃekkiˈnaːto]; born 30 September 1992) is an Italian professional tennis player.[1] On 29 April 2018, he won his first ATP World Tour title at the 2018 Hungarian Open. He became the first Sicilian tennis player to win an ATP title.[2] His best Grand Slam result is a semifinal at the 2018 French Open. However, in the other three Majors, and in his other appearances at the French Open, he has not won a match.

Marco Cecchinato
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Cecchinato at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Italy
ResidencePalermo, Italy
Born (1992-09-30) 30 September 1992 (age 26)
Palermo, Italy
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachUros Vico
Prize money$2,802,848
Singles
Career record38–57 (40.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 16 (25 February 2019)
Current rankingNo. 66 (19 August 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2016, 2019)
French OpenSF (2018)
Wimbledon1R (2017, 2018, 2019)
US Open1R (2015, 2018, 2019)
Doubles
Career record6–35 (14.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 169 (27 June 2016)
Current rankingNo. 353 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2016)
French Open1R (2018, 2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2015, 2019)
Team competitions
Davis CupQF (2016)
Last updated on: 20 May 2019.

CareerEdit

2013–2017Edit

In May 2013, Cecchinato qualified for the main draw at the ATP tournament in Nice, losing to countryman and No. 6 seed, Fabio Fognini, in the first round.[3]

In July 2014, Cecchinato qualified for Umag, where he played another countryman and No. 6 seed, Andreas Seppi, in the first round. Cecchinato lost the match in three sets.

Cecchinato then made his Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open.

On 20 July 2016, Cecchinato was suspended for 18 months (until January 2018) and fined €40,000 by the Italian tennis federation for illegal behavior including match fixing and match betting.[4] He successfully appealed against that decision.[5]

Cecchinato reached his first ATP quarterfinal at the Romanian Open in 2016.

2018: First ATP World Tour titles, French Open semifinal, Top 20Edit

In March, he played and won a Challenger tournament in Santiago, defeating former top 5 player Tommy Robredo en route.

He won his first ATP title in Budapest after reaching the final as a lucky loser, having lost in the qualifying competition;[6] he thus became the ninth player ever to win an ATP tournament as lucky loser.[7]

At the 2018 French Open, the 72nd-ranked Cecchinato came from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam match against Marius Copil. In the second round, he defeated lucky loser Marco Trungelliti. In the third round, he came from a set down to topple 10th seed Pablo Carreño Busta.[8] In the fourth round, he beat 8th seed Belgian David Goffin in four sets.[9] He then upset former champion Novak Djokovic in four sets (with a 13–11 tiebreaker in the final set) to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.[10][11] His French Open run ended with a loss to Dominic Thiem.[12][13] His semifinal finish moved him to 27th in the world and enabled him, for the first time in his career, to be seeded at a Grand Slam tournament (Wimbledon).

Despite his first Grand Slam seeding, he lost in the first round in four sets against the young Australian Alex de Minaur. Later in July, however, Cecchinato achieved his second career ATP title at the Croatia Open, defeating Guido Pella in the final. As a result, he attained a career-best ranking of 22nd in the world.[14]

At the 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Italian defeated Gilles Simon and Chung Hyeon to reach the round of 16, where he fell to Novak Djokovic. As a result, he climbed to number 19 in the world rankings.

2019: Third career titleEdit

Cecchinato started his 2019 season in Doha where he reached the semifinals. That was his career best performance in a non-clay ATP tournament. At the Australian Open, he lost to Filip Krajinović in the first round despite leading by two sets and having a match point in the fourth set. That was his third straight first round loss at a grand slam event.

In the South American clay court season, Cecchinato won his third career ATP title at the Argentina Open, defeating Diego Schwartzman in the finals. Cecchinato didn't drop a set in the entire tournament, and lost just three games in a one-sided final. As a result, he also attained his career-best ranking of 17.[15]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3 titles)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (3–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2018 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay   John Millman 7–5, 6–4
Win 2–0 Jul 2018 Croatia Open Umag, Croatia 250 Series Clay   Guido Pella 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 3–0 Feb 2019 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay   Diego Schwartzman 6–1, 6–2

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 19 (11–8)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (5–7)
ITF Futures (6–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2012 Umag, Croatia Futures Clay   Andrej Martin 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Feb 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Futures Hard (i)   Damir Džumhur 2–6, 5–7
Win 2–1 Mar 2013 Umag, Croatia Futures Clay   Attila Balázs 6–4, 6–2
Win 3–1 Jul 2013 Modena, Italy Futures Clay   Dominic Thiem 6–3, 6–4
Win 1–0 Aug 2013 San Marino, San Marino Challenger Clay   Filippo Volandri 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Sep 2013 Sibiu, Romania Challenger Clay   Jaroslav Pospíšil 6–4, 4–6, 1–6
Win 4–1 Mar 2014 Pula, Italy Futures Clay   Dennis Novak 6–4, 6–2
Win 5–1 Mar 2014 Pula, Italy Futures Clay   Roberto Carballés Baena 6–4, 6–1
Loss 1–2 Jun 2014 Mestre, Italy Challenger Clay   Pablo Cuevas 4–6, 6–2, 2–6
Win 2–2 Apr 2015 Turin, Italy Challenger Clay   Kimmer Coppejans 6–2, 6–3
Loss 2–3 Sep 2015 Genoa, Italy Challenger Clay   Nicolás Almagro 7–6(7–1), 1–6, 4–6
Win 3–3 Jun 2016 Milan, Italy Challenger Clay   Laslo Đere 6–2, 6–2
Loss 3–4 Sep 2016 Como, Italy Challenger Clay   Kenny de Schepper 6–2, 6–7(0–7), 5–7
Win 6–1 Mar 2017 Pula, Italy Futures Clay   Andrea Basso 6–4, 6–1
Loss 3–5 May 2017 Ostrava, Czech Republic Challenger Clay   Stefano Travaglia 2–6, 6–3, 4–6
Win 4–5 May 2017 Rome, Italy Challenger Clay   Jozef Kovalík 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4–6 Jun 2017 Todi, Italy Challenger Clay   Federico Delbonis 5–7, 1–6
Loss 4–7 Sep 2017 Como, Italy Challenger Clay   Pedro Sousa 6–1, 2–6, 4–6
Win 5–7 Mar 2018 Santiago, Chile Challenger Clay   Carlos Gómez-Herrera 1–6, 6–1, 6–1

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Madrid Open.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 1R Q1 Q1 1R 0 / 2 0–2
French Open A A Q2 Q3 1R Q3 SF 1R 0 / 3 5–3
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–3
US Open A A Q2 1R A Q1 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 5–3 0–4 0 / 10 5–11
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A Q1 A A A 2R 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Open A A A Q1 A A A 3R 0 / 1 0–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 1R A 2R 3R 0 / 2 1–2
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 0 0–1
Italian Open Q2 Q2 1R Q1 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Canadian Open A A A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A Q1 A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Paris Masters A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 4–6 0–2 0 / 11 4–11
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A QF A A 0 / 1 1–0
Career statistics
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 1 3 4 10 5 25 8 56
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 2 / 2 1 / 1 3 / 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–4 3–10 1–5 23–23 6–7 33–53
Year-end ranking 409 163 159 90 187 109 20 38.37%

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Cecchinato's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface

* Statistics correct as of 16 April 2019.

Top-10 winsEdit

  • He has a 1–5 (.167) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score MC Rank
2018
1.   David Goffin No. 9 French Open, Paris, France Clay 4th Round 7–5, 4–6, 6–0, 6–3 72

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marco Cecchinato – Profile". atpworldtour.com. ATP.
  2. ^ "Tennis, Cecchinato nella storia: vince a Budapest, primo successo in un torneo Atp di un siciliano" (in Italian). gds.it. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ "ATP Nizza: grande Cecchinato, batte De Bakker e si qualifica". ubitennis.com (in Italian). UBISPORTING srl.
  4. ^ Marco Cecchinato: Italian given 18-month ban for match-fixing
  5. ^ Marco Cecchinato Acquitted Of Match-Fixing
  6. ^ https://www.sport24.co.za/Tennis/ATPTour/cecchinato-claims-maiden-title-despite-defeat-20180429
  7. ^ "ATP Budapest: Lucky loser Marco Cecchinato wins the first ATP title". tennisworldusa.org. Retrieved 3 May 2018. Cecchinato is the ninth player in the Open era who won an ATP title as a lucky loser and the third in the last two seasons after Andrey Rublev and Leonardo Mayer in Umag and Hamburg last July.
  8. ^ https://www.repubblica.it/sport/tennis/2018/06/01/news/cecchinato_berrettini_roland_garros-197939638
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/tennis/44349979
  10. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/44375046
  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jun/05/french-open-2018-day-10-live-thiem-zverev-djokovic-stephens-keys
  12. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/44375046
  13. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/44416697
  14. ^ https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Tennis_Interviews/58086/satisfied-marco-cecchinato-eager-to-continue-his-rise-after-umag-success/
  15. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/cecchinato-schwartzman-buenos-aires-2019-final

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