Marco Cecchinato is an Italian professional tennis player who was born on September 30, 1992 in Palermo, Italy. Cecchinato turned pro in 2010, and plays right-handed with a one-handed backhand. Cecchinato is currently coached by Simone Vagnozzi, and is known as the first Sicilian tennis player to ever win an ATP title.
Cecchinato first qualified for the ATP main draw during an event in Nice in 2013. However, he was not successful and was defeated by his fellow countryman, Fabio Fognini, during the first round.
By 2014, Cecchinato was able to qualify for Umag, and went against then No. 6 seed, and also fellow countryman, Andreas Seppi. However, he also lost during the first round during the tournament. During the game, he did give Seppi a run for his money during the game and was able to take a set from Seppi.
It would take Cecchinato several more attempts throughout the years until 2018, when he had his breakthrough. He won his first ever ATP title at Budapest. He was able to reach the final round during the tournament as a lucky loser.
His biggest break was at the 2018 French Open where he cruised through several top seeds. During the event, his biggest victory was against former champion Novak Djokovic, and was able to reach his first ever Grand Slam semifinal. However, his run at the French Open ended when he was defeated by Dominic Thiem.