Rome - Monday Schedule: Serena Williams starts her run

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Rome - Monday Schedule: Serena Williams starts her run

A great Monday is coming for us in Rome. The 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime will open his campaign on the Central Court against Borna Coric. The Canadian leads the head to head meeting 1-0 having won in this year's Miami Open.

Then at 1:00 PM Serena Williams will start her clay season facing Rebecca Peterson. The American already defeated the Swede this year in Miami, then Marco Cecchinato will open his run against Alex De Minaur. The defending French Open semifinalist will try to defeat the Australian for the first time in career after that De Minaur won in last year's Wimbledon first round.

The night session will be headlined by Fabio Fognini who faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, followed by the local hero Jasmine Paolini against Sofia Kenin. Fognini defeated Tsonga only once, in their most recent meeting, 2017 Indian Wells.

On the Grandstand Fernando Verdasco faces Kyle Edmund followed by Lorenzo Sonego against Karen Khachanov. Meanwhile in Madrid Novak Djokovic faced Stefanos Tsitsipas for the second time in career on Sunday in the Madrid Open final.

The Serbian player lost to the 20-year-old Greek in last year's Toronto Rogers Cup, the tournament that marked the Athens native' breakthrough to the highest level. Djokovic conquered his 74th career-title, while for Tsitsipas it would have been the fifth, including the third this year after Marseille and Estoril.

Tsitsipas defeated the home hero Rafael Nadal in a three-set semifinal, while Djokovic delivered a great level to take Dominic Thiem out. Analyzing his win over Thiem, Djokovic said: "Very difficult conditions to play in.

This is the fastest conditions that I've played in this tournament so far. A very heavy ball from his side and next to Rafa he probably is the player with most spin and rotation on the ball, so it's very hard to kind of dictate the play.