Italian Marco Cecchinato is having the “best moment” of his life at the 2018 French Open after ousting No. 8 seed David Goffin, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, Sunday to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. With the win, he becomes the lowest-ranked man to reach the final eight at Roland Garros since No. 80 Ernests Gulbis in 2008.
The world No. 72 is having a Cinderella run in Paris, having also dismissed another Top-10 seed, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, in the third round. Up next for the Palermo, Italy, native is 2016 French Open champion Novak Djokovic.
Here’s more on the first Italian man to make it to the French Open quarterfinals since Fabio Fognini in 2011.
The Marco Cecchinato File
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Current Rank: 72
Career-High Rank: 59 (April 2018)
Best US Open Finish: 1st round (2015)
- Prior to the 2018 French Open, Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match in four previous main-draw appearances (US Open, 2015; Australian Open and French Open, 2016; Wimbledon, 2017). He had also never played a five-set match in his career before his come-from-behind, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 10-8 win over Romanian Marius Copil in the first round.
- The Italian reached a career-high ranking of No. 59 in late April, after clinching his first ATP World Tour title at the Gazprom Hungarian Open. Cecchinato had lost in the final round of qualifying in Budapest but gained entry into the tournament as a lucky loser. He had never reached a semifinal, let alone final, at an ATP event previously.
- In doubles, Cecchinato reached the third round of the 2016 Australian Open with partner and compatriot Andreas Seppi, for his best Grand Slam doubles result to date.
- He made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2015 US Open, where he fell to Mardy Fish in the last victory of the American's career.
They Said It!
"I will play in the quarterfinal with one of the best players in the world, so it is a dream for me. It is a pleasure to play against Novak. This moment is unbelievable for me." - Cecchinato said after he defeated Goffin in the French Open fourth round.