The 30-year-old Lukas Lacko is through to his first ATP final after a rock solid 6-3 6-4 win over the Roland Garros semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato in just 58 minutes. The Italian came to Eastbourne with just one ATP match played on grass and despite playing a solid tennis this week it wasn't enough today against the 12-time Challenger champion, unable to defend his second serve in a more proper way.
Lukas did just about everything right, serving at 70%, hitting nine aces and dropping seven points in 10 service games to never face a break point. It was a decent resistance from Cecchinato but his second serve let him down, having to play against five break points and getting broken once in each set to end his good run in the semi-final.
The Slovak settled into a nice rhythm right from the start and he earned a break in game four to open up a 3-1 gap. Marco avoided an even bigger deficit when he saved two break points with game six with winners but he was powerless on the return, allowing Lacko to grab the opener with a service winner in game eight after 28 minutes.
Cecchinato raised his level in the second set, staying in touch with Lacko until game nine when he netted a forehand to lose his serve and that was all Lukas needed to book his place in the final, firing three winners in game 10 and sealing the deal with a beautiful forehand down the line for his biggest success on the Tour so far. Semi-final result: