Italian Marco Cecchinato beat former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 on Monday to achieve the second spherical on the Nordea Open in Bastad. The victory meant greater than a typical three-set triumph for the 2018 Roland Garros semi-finalist.
“I’m very completely happy for right now as a result of I beat Richard for the primary time in my profession,” Cecchinato mentioned. “After I was younger, he was my idol, so I’m very completely happy to beat him.”
Cecchinato remembers watching Gasquet compete within the Nitto ATP Finals. The 28-year-old has a one-handed backhand just like the Frenchman, and enjoys enjoying a equally inventive sport.
“So a few years he was within the Prime 10. He was like me with the one-handed backhand, his forehand, good kick, good drop shot,” Cecchinato, who will subsequent face Francisco Cerundolo or Federico Coria, mentioned. “He was my idol for that, so I’m very pleased with this match right now.”