The week of the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, the most important tennis tournament held every year in Italy, officially begins today (even if yesterday there were some first round matches). The best tennis players of the international circuit are present in this tournament and, after the absence of Madrid, the world number one and reigning champion of the tournament Novak Djokovic returns, much awaited at this great event.
The tournament will also feature clay king Rafael Nadal, multiple tournament winner in the past, while the only major absentee of the tournament is twenty-time Grand Slam tournament winner Roger Federer. In addition to the various champions present in the tournament, there is a lot of anticipation for the various Azzurri who represent Italy in the home tournament: from the recent Madrid finalist Matteo Berrettini, ready to defend the Italian colors in his Rome, to the young blue talents Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, both however quite unlucky with the scoreboard.
The possible cross between Jannik (who always has to beat Ugo Humbert) and the number two and twenty-time seeded Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is intriguing. In the first round, on the other hand, Novak Djokovic awaits the winner between the American Taylor Fritz and the British Daniel Evans: the British was the protagonist of one of the most sensational scalps of the season, namely the victory in Montecarlo right on the number one in the world where Nole appeared in one of his bad editions in the field and which is also back from the defeat in Belgrade against Karatsev.
Djokovic on his priorities at the moment
“I am not paying too much attention to rankings nowadays after I have achieved the historic number one,” said Novak Djokovic in the interview. “It (staying World No.1) was the focus, but now my priority are Grand Slams, I want to peak for those,” added the 33-year-old.
Djokovic currently has 18-Grand Slams after his triumph at the Australian Open 2021. However, he is still two majors behind his arch-rivals, Rafa and Roger, who have 20 at the moment. He can certainly reach their level if he excels at the French Open and the US Open this year.
As of now, he has been the No.1 player for 320 weeks. Even though Daniil Medvedev had the chance to surpass him, he didn’t play well at the Miami Open 2021 and then skipped the Monte Carlo Masters as well as he tested positive for COVID-19, thus, ensuring that Djokovic remains the World No.1 for some more time.