Top-ranked Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini was extremely happy with the way he started his campaign at the Madrid Masters. Berrettini, seeded at No. 8, beat fellow compatriot Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4 to reach the Madrid round-of-16.
Berrettini had a first round bye so the match against Fognini was his first match at the tournament. "I'm pretty happy for my physical shape, for my mental performance so far, and the way I came back after a big injury.
I think I'm playing good. I'm really feeling confident," Berrettini said, as quoted on the ATP website. "These conditions I think are good for my tennis. It's tough to build the momentum in these conditions and it was tougher for me because I got injured, but I'm trying really."
Berrettini routinely handled Fognini
Berrettini made a perfect start to the match, having broken Fognini in the second game of the match. After breaking Fognini, Berrettini held on to his serve to win the opener. Berrettini then also broke Fognini early in the second set as he claimed a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Berrettini then held on to his serve the rest of the set to book a straight-set win over Fognini. Berrettini didn't face a single break point against Fognini and that was the key behind his straight-set win. "I really put a lot of effort and energy, I really try to focus a lot in order to serve like this.
It's not something that is coming really easily," Berrettini said. "When it's working like it was working today, I feel confident, but at the same time I ask myself to not get [drop my attention], because just one game can change the whole match.
That's what I try to do, but I guess today [it] worked pretty well." Berrettini plays next against the winner of the match between Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Federico Delbonis.