LISBON/STARNBERG, October 2, 2022
Marco Cecchinato of Italy has captured his first title since 2019 by lifting the trophy of the Lisboa Belem Open. The No. 5 seed of the €45,730 ATP Challenger Tour clay-court tournament defeated first-time finalist and qualifier Luca van Assche of France 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.
Cecchinato, who didn’t drop a set en route to the championship match, was also in control of the singles final. The 30-year-old Palermo native struck six aces and won 78 per cent of his first-service points to succeed in one hour and 24 minutes.
Marco Cecchinato is the new Del Monte #LisboaBelémOpen champion!
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) October 2, 2022
“I am very happy to have won this title after such a long time,” said Cecchinato. “It’s very important because it’s been a tough year, I started with an injury and a three-month break. I played a lot of matches without confidence, but this week I played really good tennis and I didn’t lose a set, I’m happy because I felt good on court from the first round.”
By winning his sixth ATP Challenger Tour career title in addition to his three triumphs on the ATP Tour, 137th-ranked Cecchinato earned €6,190 in prize money as well as 80 ATP Ranking points.
“I want to return to the top 100 and that is my motivation,” Cecchinato added about his goal.