English number one Kyle Edmund lost 6-4 6-3 to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the first round at the Madrid Open.
Fognini, world number 12, took one hour and 30 minutes to verify triumph as he broke Edmund’s serve on four events.
Edmund couldn’t recuperate in the wake of losing serve at 4-4 in the principal set, or once he went 3-2 down in the second.
It is the Briton’s fourth straight thrashing, having lost to American world number 82 Denis Kudla in the first round of the Munich Open a week ago.
The 24-year-old has likewise lost to Diego Schwartzman in Monte Carlo and, after a first-round triumph over Ugo Humbert, to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Marrakech on mud this season.
Italian Fognini, who triumphed in Monte Carlo, will confront either Australian John Millman or American Steve Johnson in cycle two.
Nadal ‘would like to be prepared’ in spite of ailment
World number two Rafael Nadal is getting ready to start his competition with a second-round match against Canada’s Felix Twist drill Aliassime.
A five-time champion in Madrid – most as of late in 2017 – Nadal has been battling with an infection as the means to enhance consecutive semi-last thrashings.
The Spaniard lost to Dominic Thiem in Barcelona and Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo as he neglected to protect both of his titles in April.
“I’ve been experiencing an infection. The positive side is I’ve had the capacity to prepare no less than 90 minutes [per session],” said 32-year-old Nadal.
He included: “I trust that tomorrow will be somewhat better. The facts demonstrate that when you have this infection and stomach infections, the body’s somewhat more fragile. I’m somewhat superior to yesterday and yesterday was superior to the day preceding.
“There is more danger of wounds. Obviously, this is significant competition for me and I would like to be prepared. Barcelona was a positive improvement for me. I’m developing my diversion with more certainty than I had in Monte Carlo. I’m getting a charge out of preparing and I appreciate playing every day.”