The appointment in Rome for the fifth ATP Masters 1000 of the season will be a real starter for the upcoming French Open. Against the splendid background of the Foro Italico, all the great tennis champions will compete on the fiery dirt of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
Novak Djokovic leads the draw and, on his side, there are Denis Shapovalov, Marco Cecchinato, Daniil Medvedev, Stan Wawrinka, and Juan Martin del Potro. On the other side of the top half, Kei Nishikori, Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini, Marin Cilic, and Guido Pella.
In the bottom half, Rafael Nadal could cross Dominic Thiem's path in the quarter-finals. In their part of the draw, there will also be Karen Khachanov and Richard Gasquet. On the other side, there is still Roger Federer, who confirmed he will play the Italian tournament.
On the side of Federer, there will also be Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fabio Fognini. Despite the fatigue of reaching the semi-finals in Madrid, the favorites will be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem.
The Serb avoided, at least until the eventual final, both the Spaniard and the Austrian. One of these three players could be the favorite for the final victory. Great chances for Fognini and Tsonga: whoever wins their first round challenge could have a great opportunity to arrive at least in the semifinals.
To evaluate the status of Federer after the good performances of Madrid. Few chances for Cilic, Dimitrov and del Potro, while Tsitsipas and Zverev may have some chances to redeem themselves after the bad performances of the last few weeks.
Outsiders: Berrettini, Cecchinato, and Pella. ATP Rome Masters 1000 - Percentages: Rafael Nadal 25% Novak Djokovic 25% Dominic Thiem 25% Fabio Fognini 10% Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10% Alexander Zverev 5% Outsiders: Marco Cecchianto, Matteto Berrettini, Guido Pella, Daniil Medvedev