Marco Cecchinato, the guy responsible for shattering the hopes of Novak Djokovic of a second Roland Garros trophy, has finally made it big in the tennis circuit .
The Italian, currently ranked World No. 72, caught everyone’s eye after he dismantled Djokovic 6-3 7-6 1-6 7-6 in the Quarter-final.
Though he lost out to Dominic Thiem in the Semi-Final, it can be safely regarded that he is one of the upcoming players to emerge this year.
1. Career Beginnings
The Italian began playing at the age of 7 with his uncle, a tennis coach.
His father, Sergio, is a manager; mother, Stefania, is a secretary.
He turned pro in 2010 and in May 2013 he qualified for the main draw at the ATP tournament in Nice.
In July 2014, Cecchinato qualified for Umag, but lost out to countryman Andreas Seppi in the first round.
Cecchinato made his Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open and subsequently at Australian Open (2016) and Wimbledon(2017).
Cecchinato considers Brazilian footballer Kaka and Marat Safin as his sporting heroes.
Known by the nickname ‘Ceck’, he considers clay as his favourite surface and considers serves the best part of his game. He plays single handed backhand and his favourite tournament is Rome.