World No. 72 Cecchinato gave fans all the more reason to remember his name after he pushed Djokovic to the edge in Tuesday's quarter-final clash and sealed his four-set victory with a 24-point tiebreak win.
The Bulgarian reached the semi-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters and the last eight in Barcelona, but he suffered first-round exits at the Madrid Open and the Internazionali d'Italia.
It was a classic, Djokovic wasting three set points and Cecchinato unable to take the first of three for the match. It was a second-straight five-setter for the 21-year-old, who also had to battle past Dusan Lajovic in the previous round.
Cecchinato won on his fourth match point by hitting a backhand victor down the line as Djokovic tried to serve and volley.
But, yeah, just a pity that I couldn't capitalize on the chances in the 4-1 in the fourth set and some break points that I thought I had in there, but he came back and credit to him.
"It was the best moment of my life", Cecchinato said.
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Yet Djokovic won the third set at a canter, and a suddenly frustrated Cecchinato was hit with a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Two years ago, his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match fixing allegations. I lost to him earlier this year I think in a tight match.
On Tuesday, Cecchinato politely declined to speak about it, preferring instead to focus on his achievement, how he had dismantled the game of former world No 1 Djokovic, who was distraught after the match, mumbling short answers in a press conference he ended after little over four minutes. I don't want to be too negative right now.
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The 25-year-old, who was ranked 957 just six weeks before her maiden Grand Slam triumph last year after a series of injury problems, is now into the last four of a major for the third time.
"I obviously rely on what I learned there and how to manage my emotions and manage the moment, but there were so many late nights and I was so exhausted".
"I'm a better player in general, for sure".