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ROME, ITALY – Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic continue to look for a return to form, but can anyone stop Rafael Nadal?




Draw, Schedule & Results

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Order of Play


[1] Andy Murray

Top seed he might be but Murray is still looking for answers this clay court season after illness and injury have compounded a loss which really hurt at the Australian Open, since nabbing the World No. 1 spot in the season finale.

With Ivan Lendl jetting in at the end of the week to help him prepare for Roland Garros, he has some tricky opposition facing him. Defending the title, it will be an uphill struggle for Murray as he approaches backing up both the clay and grass court successes of last year.

Murray’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Fabio Fognini
  • R3: Alexander Zverev [16]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [8]
  • SF: Marin Cilic [6]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2]


[2] Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (c) Christopher Johnson

It was not a complete disaster of a tournament for the now coach-less Djokovic in Madrid, but he came up against a completely inspired Rafael Nadal in what had the feel of the de facto final. But there still seems to be a missing spark in Djokovic at the moment.

With Murray still faltering, there is a chance for him to arrest the staggering loss of points since Roland Garros last year, and his draw is not actually bad.

Djokovic’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Qualifier/Gianluca Mager [WC]
  • R3: Pablo Carreno Busta [15]
  • QF: Kei Nishikori [6]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [4]
  • F: Andy Murray [1]


[3] Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka’s quiet clay court season continues, with a poor showing in Monte Carlo now backed up with a first round exit in Madrid. He has reached the final here before, but needs to find some form if he wants to be a threat.

He could even face his friend Benoit Paire who put him out in Madrid once more in his opener and has a fair few well-performing clay courters looming.

Wawrinka’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Nicolas Mahut/Benoit Paire
  • R3: Albert Ramos-Vinolas [14]
  • QF: Marin Cilic [6]
  • SF: Andy Murray [1]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [2]


[4] Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal (c) Christopher Johnson 

One of the stories of the year, thanks to his run to the Australian Open, if ever La Decima at Roland Garros was a possibility it looks like this year. Nadal has already hit that impressive milestone at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and here he will be going for a fifth title in the Magic Box.

At the moment he look to be unstoppable. His possible third round opponent Nick Kyrgios has yet to get his shoes dirty on the clay, having skipped Estoril after his grandfather passed away. Milos Raonic has made a decent comeback after injury, which his deep run in Istanbul at the time of writing, and of course it remains to be seen how Djokovic copes with his ‘shock therapy’ approach and whether Murray plays himself into form. You would not count Nadal out at all, at this stage.

Nadal’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Qualifier/Andreas Seppi [WC}
  • R3: Jack Sock [13]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [8]
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [2]
  • F: Andy Murray [1]


The Internazionali BNL D’Italia 2017 takes place between 14-21 May (BST +1 hour).

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