For Cecchinato, Past Experience at Grand Slams Is Optional
Whatever routines Marco Cecchinato has been following this week in Paris, he should keep doing them.
The Italian had never won a Grand Slam match before Roland Garros, and now he's into the fourth round in Paris. Cecchinato beat 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1 on Friday, converting six of his eight break points to upset the 2017 quarter-finalist.
In February, Carreno Busta had dropped only five games against Cecchinato on clay at the Argentina Open. But much has changed since then for the 25-year-old Italian. Cecchinato won his maiden ATP World Tour title in April at the Gazprom Hungarian Open in Budapest.
And in the fourth round, he'll face either eighth seed David Goffin or Frenchman Gael Monfils, the 32nd seed. Goffin was leading 6-7(6), 6-3, 3-2 before rain postponed their match on Friday evening. Their FedEx ATP Head2Head series is even at 1-1.