Marco Cecchinato vs. Lukas Lacko
|Date & Time||Friday June 29, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Lukas Lacko and Marco Cecchinato meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Eastbourne International.
Lukas Lacko is coming off a straight sets win over Cameron Norrie that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Lacko won 78 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Lacko got 63 percent of his first serves in play and won 74 percent of his total service points. Lacko has been broken just five times in his last three matches and has produced 18 aces during that span as well. Serving like that gives Lacko an honest chance to have one of his breakthrough moments this tournament. Lacko can make his second career final appearance and first since the 2012 PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Needless to say, this is a big moment for the 30-year-old who has very little success on the main tour. Lacko has won five of his last six matches on grass court.
Marco Cecchinato is coming off a three sets win over John Millman that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Cecchinato won 76 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Cecchinato won 67 percent of his total service points and was able to convert on four of his six break chances. Cecchinato is coming off two lengthy three set matches, but he’s improved his ability to win the big points and has been much more consistent with his serve overall. It hasn’t been always pretty, but Cecchinato is playing some decent tennis as of late, much better than when he started the year. Cecchinato has a chance to make his second career final appearance and first since this years Hungarian Open. Cecchinato has won two of his last three matches on grass court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
This is a big match for both of these guys, as neither has had much consistent success on the ATP tour and both have just one final appearance under their belt. There’s no lack of motivation here. In terms of who wins, I’m siding with Cecchinato, as he is the more experienced player and has the game that benefits him more on clay and grass courts. His shotmaking should be the difference here, and he’s shown the ability to grind matches out against decent players.
Toss-up, but Cecchinato should win and advance to the final.