Matteo Berrettini sent senior Italian colleague Fabio Fognini to the exits on Tuesday in the second round of the Madrid Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 decision.
The eighth-seeded Roman who won last month’s Belgrade title, never faced a break point while catching the 33-year-old Fognini out twice on serve.
The countrymen had played only once before, with Fognini winning that match in 2017 on clay,
The two led Italy into the final of the ATP Cup in Melbourne early in the season.
National No. 1 Berrettini stretched his current win streak on clay to five straight after victory in 82 minutes.
“I’m pretty happy for my physical shape, for my mental performance so far, and the way I came back after a big injury,” he said.
“I’m playing good. I’m really feeling confident. These (altitude) conditions are good for my tennis.
“It’s tough to build momentum in these conditions and tougher for me since I had been injured. But I’m trying really hard. The results so far are pretty good.”
The 10th-ranked Berrettini finished with a hold to love.
“I really put a lot of effort and energy and tried to focus to serve like this. It’s not something that comes really easily,” Berrettini said.
Fognini has not beaten a Top 10 player since Shanghai in October, 2019 and stands 15-65 over his career against the elite.
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