"I am very very happy...I was two sets to zero and now I will play the quarterfinal...I beat David who is one of the best players...it's a dream for me", Italy's Marco Cecchinato said after his win over David Goffin in the fourth round of the French Open.
He didn't need a pinch to awake from his dream, but a celebration for winning 4 sets over a hard-fought match with the Belgian, he broke many records over his performance. But this spark was sizzling for Cecchinato, long before this French Open started a week ago.
The mighty Italian entered the Slam ranked no. 72 and won over Goffin with a victorious match of 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 and 6-3. He started the grand slam just being thankful for winning his qualifying rounds and getting past the opening match like much of the time what he'd did in other tournaments.
Cecchinato is the lowest ranking player to make the quarterfinals of Roland Garros in over a decade and the first time he ever reached the quarters of a grand slam. A few months ago in April he captured his maiden ATP title at the Hungarian Open in Budapest and will be rising to no.
42 after Roland Garros. It was not an easy slam where Cecchinato had met and won over his opponents in three straight, four and five sets. He faced Marius Copil in the first round and went to five sets to win 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 10-8 after Copil gave him 23 aces.He had came from two sets down to come up and win.
The second round was Argentina's lucky loser Marco Trungelliti who became his own worst enemy by having many double faults and nearly twice less points won than Cecchinato who tackled him big time. The 10th ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta not only pushed the Italian back to the baseline to get an advantage on him, but made him go to four sets.
It was to no avail though because the Italian knew the right ingredients to outsmart and defeat the Spaniard at a gritty, but victorious game. David Goffin though he had Cecchinato after he leveled the sets to one all but the spicy Italian came up and became super aggressive winning the set in a bagel for Goffin of 0-6 .But Cecchinato kept his foot on the gas to also win the last and deciding set 6-3.
The no. 3 Italian looks at all of his wins here at the French as a miracle, but feels great knowing that he'll be playing opposite Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. "It is a pleasure to play against Novak, this moment is unbelievable for me", he'd said.
Marco Cecchinato feels that he's playing this tournament different than the others explaining that "Now I start every match focused and stay focused on every point...this is the different from before". He knows the strategies he used in dissolving his opponents' games throughout the four round and hopes that he will be consistent to use the right combinations and ingredients to run deep in the French Open and even to get to the final of this second season's grand slam of the year.