ATP Tour

Cecchinato beats Pella to win Croatia Open

Marco Cecchinato (Getty Images)
Marco Cecchinato (Getty Images)

Umag - Third-seeded Marco Cecchinato further elevated his break-through year by winning the Croatia Open final on Sunday, beating Guido Pella of Argentina 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in their first meeting.

The 25-year-old Italian recovered from 4-2 down in the second set on the outdoor red clay surface to take the match in a tiebreaker.

Cecchinato won his first ATP Tour title in April in Budapest, as a lucky loser, then knocked out Novak Djokovic en route to the French Open semi-finals.

He was the first Italian male Grand Slam semi-finalist in 40 years.

Cecchinato was at a career-high ranking of 27th, and will rise to No 22 on Monday.

The unseeded Pella was playing in his first career final.

Umag ATP results on Sunday (x denotes seeded player)

Final

Marco Cecchinato (ITA x3) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

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