Hungarian Open: 'Lucky loser' Marco Cecchinato beats Italy's Andreas Seppi to cement place in final

Budapest: Six days after being knocked out in the qualifying round, Italian 25-year-old Marco Cecchinato made the most of a reprieve to reach the Hungarian Open final on Saturday.

Cecchinato, ranked at 92 in the world, came from a set down to beat eighth-seeded compatriot Andreas Seppi 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 to book a place his first final.

 Hungarian Open: Lucky loser Marco Cecchinato beats Italys Andreas Seppi to cement place in final

File image of Marco Cecchinato. Reuters

Six days after being knocked out in the qualifying round, Italian 25-year-old Marco Cecchinato made the most of a reprieve to reach the Hungarian Open final on Saturday.

Cecchinato, ranked at 92 in the world, came from a set down to beat eighth-seeded compatriot Andreas Seppi 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 to book a place his first final.

"It is very strange because I lost last week (in qualifying) and tomorrow I will play the final," said Cecchinato who earned a place in the main draw as a 'lucky loser' after Serbia's Laslo Djere pulled out with an injury.

"It was a tough match," Cecchinato told atpworldtour.com. "I know Andreas very well because we are friends, I have practised with him for so many years."

In Sunday's final, Cecchinato will meet either 2017 runner-up Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia or Australia's John Millman.

Their semi-final was level at a set apiece when bad light caused a suspension on Saturday.

"It was a tough match," Cecchinato told atpworldtour.com. "I know Andreas very well because we are friends, I have practised with him for so many years."

In Sunday's final, Cecchinato will meet either 2017 runner-up Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia or Australia's John Millman.

Their semi-final was level at a set apiece when bad light caused a suspension on Saturday.

Updated Date: Apr 29, 2018 15:36:43 IST