Budapest: Lucky loser Marco Cecchinato wins the first ATP title

World number 92 Marco Cecchinato has come to Budapest with just five ATP wins under his belt, looking to qualify for the main draw and continue where he left in Monte Carlo last week. It wasn’t to be for him, though, losing in the second qualifying round to Jurgen Zopp but he still found himself in the main draw as a lucky loser after Laslo Djere was forced to withdraw. Marco grabbed the opportunity with both hands, going all the way to clinch his first ATP title despite never playing in the semi-final at this level before. Cecchinato is the ninth player in the Open era who won an ATP title as a lucky loser and the third in the last two seasons after Andrey Rublev and Leonardo Mayer in Umag and Hamburg last July. The title match has been the most important in a career for both him and John Millman who had an initial disadvantage, having to complete his semi-final match against the 5th seed Aljaz Bedene earlier today to even get a chance to compete in the final.

Source: TennisworldUSA

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