Masters 1000 Madrid: Berrettini almost perfect, clearly overtakes a Fognini not at his best

Berrettini continues his run in Madrid

Matteo Berrettini wins the blue derby at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, clearly beating Fabio Fognini in two sets, 6-3 6-4 the score of the match. The Roman is almost perfect, devastating in his serve and precise in his thrust; the Ligurian, on the other hand, was not good, got into the game badly and then too slow with his feet and not very intense to turn the tide of the game against a Matteo so centered, continuous and positive. Berrettini led the match from start to finish, with power, intensity and quality. He did not even give a shred of a break point to Fabio, a chance to get back into the game. The scoreboard speaks of a match decided by only one break per set, but in reality the gap between the two blues today was much clearer, with many merits from Berrettini to amplify Fognini’s difficulties.

Matteo started the game running off like a train: top service from the first game, powerful and accurate in response, he led the exchange with great intensity, quality and precision. When his serve is in this rhythm, all his tennis flows well, because he can take risks in response, he can be aggressive and he can prove the play. Today he impressed for some broadsides of law that have literally left Fabio still, even the “rapid” conditions of this land in the high ground have certainly favored him. It was nice solid with the backhand, few mistakes and several really treacherous backs revealed the Ligurian’s difficulty in finding the ball, in taking the first step to get going. We will listen to Fabio’s words later, if by chance he accused some kind of problem that did not allow him to be faster. In fact, the difference between Berrettini’s speed (yes) in the search for the ball was evident, compared to an unusual slowness of Fognini.

Really all right in the Roman’s tennis today, also thanks to a tactical key that shifted the scales in his favor, in addition to the service of course. Which? On the few occasions in which Berrettini did not make a difference with the serve and exchanged, Fognini was never able to advance his position on the field. In response he was really behind and, from that “latitude”, despite pulling some nice loaded drives, he never managed to move Berrettini, he gave him not only space but above all time. Matteo moved very well today, he had time to move, find the best distance of the ball and unload powerful and precise accelerations from his racket, which put his rival in serious difficulty. He always controlled the match time, he played with very little pressure as he served very wellEverything was easy for Matteo, the game immediately got into its tracks, and he never skidded or allowed a break.

Fognini didn’t play a good match today. The only positive note was not having given up, even if he was always forced to chase. He never managed to affect the answer, and this was decisive. But even in his own shifts he struggled to mesh. Nothing in his tennis has worked best. Even when he was stationed in the center and swapped with the forehand, the technical situation that usually on clay allows him to lead and suddenly change pace with his splendid accelerations, did not affect much. His shots were often short, and he is not even able to impose himself on the backhand diagonal (where on the technical side he is clearly superior to Matteo), as described above on the time of the match. I think it all depended on the slowness shown by Fognini on the field today. A good “Sewer” is a lightning bolt with the feet in arriving on the ball, anticipating and letting go of the arm. Not today was he almost always late, especially in taking the first step, the one that sets you in motion. Slowness, little intensity, backward position, impossible to make the match even against a Berrettini so “on fire” in the service.

Thus continues the Roman’s race in the tournament, which in the next round will face the winner of Ramos – Delbonis. We are waiting for Fognini in Rome, hoping to see him in better conditions.

Marco Mazzoni

The match report

The blue derby begins shortly after 17, with Berrettini at the bar. Beautiful first, go ahead and winning volley (comfortable). Matteo’s serve is immediately powerful and precise, he moves the score to zero. The Roman also enters in response, Fabio is surprised. 0-30, and 6 points to zero for Berrettini. Finally Fognini enters the game, with a nice dampening he wins his first point of the match. It is clear that Fabio must do everything possible not to allow Matteo to unleash the power of his right. A mistake in the exchange costs the Ligurian 30-40 and the first break point of the match. He saves himself by commanding the exchange with the forehand, but he commits a double fault and therefore there is another chance of break. Great point by Berrettini: he raises the parabola with the backhand in defense, and in full run to the right closes the cross corner with an impregnable broadside. What a winner, and BREAK Berrettini, 2-0 ahead. After a double fault, here is Matteo’s first “smorza”, with the forehand, perfect. Too far Fognini in response position, opens the field a lot and allows Berrettini to turn right also from the left and shoot all the way. Excellent start of the Roman, tactically and technically perfect, for the 3-0. Fognini’s arm is anything but loose, he sinks a banal right, very firm with his feet, a sign that he has not really entered the game yet. It is also unfortunate when a forward forehand rears up on the tape and runs out wide. 30-40, double break ball. Fabio plays well, finally quick with his feet and ready to accelerate on the shorter ball than his rival. A point that has turned on the light in the Ligurian tennis: he wins the first game of the match with two other good accelerations, taking 1-3. Now Fognini must be able to keep this intensity and record in response, to return to the set. “Cap” has another program … he continues to serve very well, alternating balls in the center with other angled ones. 4-1 Berrettini. Fognini has entered the match, anticipates and commands with the forehand, more relaxed and quick in looking for the ball in his turn of service; Berrettini is very precise in pushing, helped by Fabio’s too backward position and by his not so long responses. And then, with the first one he continues to make a difference, finding important points (like on the even 40 in the seventh game). The set slips away on duty shifts. 5-3, Matteo serves to win the first set. And it serves well … two excellent firsts, 30-0, and then a very charged second, the backhand response flies away, difficult to control that trajectory. 40-0, three set points. Another first-bomb and 6-3 Berrettini. A well-deserved set in 35 minutes of domination with the service: 22 points won out of 28 played, 79% of first on the field with 86% of the points won. In practice, on the Roman’s turns, he almost did not play.

Second set, Fognini begins to serve. With a good rhythm with his backhand, Fabio nails Matteo in the corner on the left. Thanks to a couple of good firsts he leads and wins a good game, 1-0 and for the first time ahead in the match. In the fourth point of the second game, for the first time Fognini manages to defend himself and overturn the exchange, leading Matteo to error. Small signs of a growing “Sewer”. 30 equal and second serve, a small chance for Fognini? Exchanges the Ligurian from too far away, it does not contain the power of Berrettini. Third game, Fognini commits a couple of free classics, collapsing 15-40. An empty pass, which arrived suddenly, just as we began to glimpse something good in his speed on the pitch and intensity. Nothing, another ugly backhand thrown into the net with too much haste (and almost stationary feet) costs the Ligurian BREAK. Berrettini, almost without doing anything in response, finds himself ahead of a set and 2-1 and service in the second. The match seems to have already been scored, if the Roman continues to serve so well and make so little mistakes. He mentions a few sentences with himself Fabio, so far almost silent in the match, perhaps looking for a shock, but Matteo is totally focused on his tennis. The Roman serves very well, and also comes forward to touch up with a bump that earns him the point of 3-1. Consolidate BREAK Berrettini, let us launch towards success. The feeling is that only a sudden drop in tension from the Roman could reopen the game. Try to push Fognini, let go of the arm, but more of anger than precision. The feet are still a little too firm, and it’s not accurate. From 40-15 he loses three points in a row and has to face a break ball that smells like match points. If he plays well, outside serve and cross right in advance, precise. However, he commits a double fault, and faces the break ball again. Same scheme, this time with the right surprises Matthew with the counter foot. Berrettini’s gaze shows all his concentration, he pushes hard and wins the third break point of the game. Fognini remains clinging to the game with his fingernails, at least he plays the break points with attention and quality. Very complicated game, Fabio is saved and remains in the wake 2-3. The Roman continues to grind tennis without worries at the service, the Ligurian does not give up, but his game goes to alternating current, he is even forced to play some one-handed backhand to trim the length of the ball in Matteo’s exchange; but it is also a sign of Fabio’s slowness in looking for the ball, in his reactivity today. Seventh game, from 40-15 Fognini is again forced to take advantage. An inside out right answer of “Cap” is impressive for power and length, Matteo is very confident today, and you can see how he holds up the exchange and accelerates. 12 points to win the game, “Fogna” remains in the wake 3-4. He concedes something with the right Berrettini in the eighth game, but with a serve and a very poisonous backhand, he goes 5-3, one step away from victory. Fabio doesn’t give up, with a nice serving game goes up 4-5. But the problem is to hack in response to come back to life in the game. Almost impossible with a service as fast as Matteo’s today. In fact, in the tenth game there is no play, 40-0 and three Match Points. Outside serve and short ball, perfect. Game Set Match Berrettini. A well-deserved success, he took off very quickly from the blocks and led the game without flaws. Only one break per set, but Matteo never took risks in his service shifts. 17 points of difference between the two, and ZERO break points granted by the Roman. Index of the quality of the match played by Berrettini.

Marco Mazzoni

[8] Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini ITA

ATP ATP Madrid

ITA.jpg Berrettini M.

6

6

ITA.jpg Fognini F.

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4

Winner: Berrettini M.

Service

Development

Set 2

Berrettini M.

15-0

30-0

30-15

40-15

40-30

4-3 → 5-3

Fognini F.

0-15

15-15

30-15

40-15

40-30

40-40

A-40

40-40

A-40

40-40

A-40

4-2 → 4-3

Fognini F.

15-0

30-0

30-15

40-15

40-30

40-40

40-A

40-40

40-A

40-40

40-A

A-40

3-1 → 3-2

Berrettini M.

0-15

15-15

30-15

30-30

40-30

0-1 → 1-1

Service

Development

Set 1

Berrettini M.

15-0

30-0

30-15

30-30

40-30

40-40

A-40

40-40

A-40

4-2 → 5-2

Fognini F.

15-0

15-15

15-30

30-30

30-40

40-40

A-40

3-0 → 3-1

Fognini F.

0-15

0-30

15-30

30-30

30-40

40-40

1-02-0

5 Aces 1
1 Double Faults 2
74% (39/53) 1st Serve 71% (47/66)
85% (33/39) 1st Serve Points Won 70% (33/47)
64% (9/14) 2nd Serve Points Won 37% (7/19)
0% (0/0) Break Points Saved 71% (5/7)
10 Service Games Played 9
30% (14/47) 1st Serve Return Points Won 15% (6/39)
63% (12/19) 2nd Serve Return Points Won 36% (5/14)
29% (2/7) Break Points Converted 0% (0/0)
9 Return Games Played 10
79% (42/53) Service Points Won 61% (40/66)
39% (26/66) Return Points Won 21% (11/53)
57% (68/119) Total Points Won 43% (51/119)

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