Italian tennis player Marco Cecchinato admits it hurts a bit when someone says his semifinal run at the French Open was a fluke as the Italian believes him making such a deep run at Roland Garros wasn't a coincidence.
Back in 2018, Cecchinato stunned 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinal to make his maiden semifinal at a Major and set up a clash against world No. 3 Dominic Thiem. Cecchinato entered the match against Djokovic as the huge underdog and without that much of experience on the biggest stage but still he shocked the world No.
1 in four sets. Cecchinato faced another extremely tough opponent in the semifinal -- he fought extremely hard -- but eventual runner-up Thiem claimed a straight-set win 7-5 7-6 (10) 6-1. Before his run at the French Open, Cecchinato made it all the way on the clay courts of Budapest to claim his maiden ATP title.
"People have talked a lot about my campaign in Paris. A lot of people have said that what I achieved was a fluke. Honestly, I don't like them to say that sort of thing. I worked hard to do a good job in Paris and before this tournament I had already won an ATP tournament and after that I won two more.
I don't think my good results on the circuit are due to luck," Cecchinato told La Republicca, as quoted on We Love Tennis France.
Cecchinato aims to return to his best form
Cecchinato, ranked at No. 113 in the world, claimed two more clay ATP titles after making the semifinal at Roland Garros as he won Umag in 2018, before he went all the way in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 2019 season.
After winning Buenos Aires and reaching a career-high ranking of No. 16 in the world, it all went downhill for Cecchinato as the Italian has only one win and seven losses on the ATP level this year. "Maybe I lacked a little more courage at times.
I've received a lot of reviews over the past two years, but I don't care. Now I'm really looking forward to continuing to improve and not settle for a middle position in the standings. I know that I have the level to be in a good position in the rankings, but I have to be more consistent and stronger in important tournaments," Cecchinato said.