Malaga's Alejandro Davidovich was well beaten by Novak Djokovic in their first career encounter at the Masters 1000 tournament in Rome on Thursday.
Djokovic needed just 70 minutes to cruise past his opponent 6-2, 6-1 in their round-of-16 match.
Davidovich went toe to toe against the Serbian star in front of a 25 per cent capacity crowd at Foro Italico. Despite never having eachother professionally before, they know eachother well, having previously trained together in Marbella and Davidovich considers the duo to be friends.
In fact, Davidovich did manage to showcase some good play himself and was twice applauded by his opponent for his impressive lobs.
Due to his tournament performance, the Spaniard will rise three places to 45th in the ATP rankings when they are published on Monday.
He will participate in next week’s Geneva Open before going to the French Open.