For Marco Cecchinato, next year's French Open will be the top priority as he will have to defend 800 points being this year's semifinalist. In an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA, Cecchinato was asked if winning the title in Paris is possible.
in the future. 'Until when (Rafael) Nadal plays, I think it's impossible. Then we will see if there will be some others monsters like him', said the 27-year-old on the 11-time French Open winner. In the last weeks Julien Benneteau's sayings about the "unfair benefits" that Roger Federer receives on the men's professional tour got very popular.
According to the Frenchman, the Swiss asks to compete at night at the Australian Open and US Open. The world No. 20 Marco Cecchinato believes this is all right. 'All the players get treated in the same way, and if time by time Roger gets some special treatment it's fair as Federer is Federer.' Is overcoming Fabio Fognini on the rankings and becoming the Italy's number one for the first time an extra motivation? 'Yeah, I think it's a goal.
There is a good rivalry between me and Fognini. We got carried each other, for him it was a big motivation, I got closer, he ended as No. 13 and me as No. 20. I think it's important to have two top 20 players and to be so close in the rankings.' Rivals on ATP Tour, but Davis Cup teammates in February when Italy will face India away from home on grass.
For Cecchinato, Davis Cup will be one of the priorities next year: 'The captain (Corrado Barazzutti) has not released the nominations yet, I hope to be picked and wearing the Italian t-shirt will be a honour.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title