Marco Cecchinato's continues rise with semifinal win in Umag

by: AP | July 21, 2018

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

The world No. 27 will face unseeded Guido Pella for the title. (AP)

UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Marco Cecchinato elevated his breakthrough year by reaching the Croatia Open final on Saturday.

The third-seeded Cecchinato dispatched Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti, a first-time semifinalist, 6-2, 6-1.

He will play another Argentine, the unseeded Guido Pella, who has reached his first career final after beating sixth-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Cecchinato won his first ATP title in April in Budapest, as a lucky loser, then knocked out Novak Djokovic en route to the French Open semifinals. He was the first Italian male Grand Slam semifinalist in 40 years.

He's at a career-high ranking of 27, and set to go higher after facing Pella for the first time.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Team Europe retains Laver Cup, which proves its worth in Chicago

Team World pushed ahead on the scoreboard before Federer and Zverev clinched the Cup.

Laver Cup Day 3 Blog: Federer, Isner and Sunday's dramatic finale

Isner and Sock saved two match points to beat Federer and Zverev in a match tiebreak.

Player and fan support—and late rally—set up exciting Laver Cup finale

Team World trails 7-5, but is guaranteed at least two live, three-point matches on Sunday.