Italian tennis player Marco Cecchinato overcame the barrier of the first round of the Doha tournament, having outplayed Sergiy Stakhovsky in two sets, 6/4, 6/2. The match lasted 1 hour and 22 minutes. The 20th racket of the world, 26-year-old Marco, made three breaks and five aces, three times mistaking the pitch. 32-year-old Stakhovsky, occupying the 134th line of the world table of ranks, made six aces and three double faults. Before each other players have not met. In the second round of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open competition, Cecchinato will play either with Argentinean Guido Pella or Kem Ilkel from Turkey.