Marco Cecchinato (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko tʃekkiˈnaːto]; born 30 September 1992) is an Italian professional tennis player. 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. His best Grand Slam result is a semifinal at the 2018 French Open. In the other three Majors, he has not won a match, despite having a match point at the 2019 Australian Open.
Cecchinato at the 2018 French Open
|Born||30 September 1992|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career record||38–57 (40% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 16 (25 February 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 19 (29 April 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2016, 2019)|
|French Open||SF (2018)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2017, 2018)|
|US Open||1R (2015, 2018)|
|Career record||6–35 (14.63% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 169 (27 June 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 353 (20 May 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2016)|
|French Open||1R (2018)|
|US Open||2R (2015)|
|Davis Cup||QF (2016)|
|Last updated on: 20 May 2019.|
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. He successfully appealed against that decision.
Cecchinato reached his first ATP quarterfinal at the Romanian Open in 2016.
2018: First ATP World Tour titles, French Open semifinal, Top 20Edit
He won his first ATP title in Budapest after reaching the final as a lucky loser, having lost in the qualifying competition; he thus became the ninth player ever to win an ATP tournament as lucky loser.
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. In the fourth round, he beat 8th seed Belgian David Goffin in four sets. 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. His French Open run ended with a loss to Dominic Thiem. 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.
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.
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 3 (3 titles)Edit
|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
|ATP Challengers (5–7)|
|ITF Futures (6–1)|
|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|
Current through the 2019 Madrid Open.
|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||0 / 2||5–2|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|US Open||A||A||Q2||1R||A||Q1||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–2||0–1||5–3||0–1||0 / 8||5–8|
|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||0 / 3||1–3|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|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|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||0 / 1||1–0|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||2 / 2||1 / 1||3 / 3|
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.
- He has a 1–5 (.167) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||David Goffin||No. 9||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||4th Round||7–5, 4–6, 6–0, 6–3||72|
- ATP Rankings
- "Marco Cecchinato – Profile". atpworldtour.com. ATP.
- "Tennis, Cecchinato nella storia: vince a Budapest, primo successo in un torneo Atp di un siciliano" (in Italian). gds.it. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "ATP Nizza: grande Cecchinato, batte De Bakker e si qualifica". ubitennis.com (in Italian). UBISPORTING srl.
- Marco Cecchinato: Italian given 18-month ban for match-fixing
- Marco Cecchinato Acquitted Of Match-Fixing
- "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.