Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
Round: First Round
Head-To-Head: Cecchinato leads 1-0
Marcos fought hard, but came up short in his Australian Open first round encounter against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Following the 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat, he reflected on the experience.
How do you feel about the match today?
I played a good match. It was my first match of the year and I lack a bit of rhythm, especially under pressure. I had some chances in the third set but the lack of matches before the tournament made me make wrong decisions at those moments. I also think that Jo served very well towards the end, especially after winning the third set and he didn't give me the chance to come back.
Do you think with more matches you can be better in these situations?
Yes I think that with more matches on me I can have more confidence in those moments be more patient and make the right decisions. In those moments I made some unforced errors because I was a bit impatient. But I believe that there are a lot of positive things to take from this match and that this match will help me for the rest of the year.
What are the positive things that you saw?
The positive things are that I felt physically very good, I had my chances. I felt really good on court despite not having any matches before that and that I put myself in a good position to get a 2-1 set lead and maybe win the match.
What do you think about the atmosphere?
It was again a privilege to play at Melbourne Park and especially on Margaret Court Arena. The atmosphere was like it has been every year, just amazing. I want to thank all the fans that where part of it and I will definetly be back again next year.