Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini was extremely happy with the way how his opener went at the Madrid Masters. Berrettini, ranked at No. 10 in the world, handed a 6-3 6-4 loss to Italian No. 2 Fabio Fognini in the Madrid Masters second round.
Berrettini, seeded at No. 8 in the Madrid Masters main draw, had a first round bye at the tournament before facing Fognini. Berrettini was dominant on his serve as he didn't face a single break point during the match. "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, per 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 hard.
The results so far are pretty good."
Berrettini earned a routine win over Fognini
Berrettini broke Fognini in the second game of the match and then held on to his serve the rest of the to win the opener. Berrettini then broke Fognini in the third game of the second set and again held on to his serve to book a win in two sets.
"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." Elsewhere, Jannik Sinner progressed into the next round after Guido Pella retired while 6-2 4-4 down. "It's not easy playing against Guido because he's lefty," said Sinner, who arrived to prepare in Madrid on Wednesday last week.
"I never played against him before, so you never know what to expect. I was trying to keep focused on what I had to do. I think it has been a good first match obviously." Also, Kei Nishikori recovered from a set down to beat Karen Khachanov 6-7 (6) 6-2 6-2.
"I was feeling much better after first set," said Nishikori. "I think I was a little bit tight and a little too conservative maybe. I think I could [have been] a little more aggressive. So I tried to stepp in a little bit more than the first set. Then everything started working well."