Matteo Berrettini ‘gets revenge’ in Naples
Matteo Berrettini has made it through to the quarter-finals in Naples by defeating the same man who dumped him out of Florence last week.
The world number 16 defeated Roberto Carballes Baena clinically 6-4, 6-2 to advance at the ATP 250 event. The Spaniard downed Berrettini 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in Florence, where the Italian was seeded second.
“The atmosphere, the conditions for sure [are different here],” Berrettini said after reversing his fortunes. “This is outdoor, way warmer. I wanted to get revenge. I felt like I had a lot of chances last week and there was stuff to digest. Especially because I played in Florence in Italy.
“So it was really tough but today I stepped on the court I think with even more will to win this match. I think I played better.”
Matteo Berrettini is seeded second again in Naples, this time behind Montreal Masters champion Pablo Carreno Busta. He will take part in another Spanish-Italian showdown as he faces Fabio Fognini in his first match.
Berrettini has claimed two titles this season, back-to-back in Stuttgart and at Queen’s back in June before Covid halted his Wimbledon campaign before it began. He will take on Japan’s Taro Daniel after the world number 95 defeated Pedro Cachin 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
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