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ROME, ITALY – All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic, and can he bounce back after his US Open disqualification, and whether Rafael Nadal will be a little undercooked as he returns to the tour.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP Masters 1000
Surface Clay (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money €3,854,000
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Top seeds [1] Novak Djokovic

[2] Rafael Nadal

[3] Stefanos Tsitsipas

[4] Matteo Berrettini

[5] Gael Monfils

[6] David Goffin

[7] Fabio Fognini

[8] Diego Schwartzman

Top Half [1] Novak Djokovic

[5] Gael Monfils

[4] Matteo Berrettini

[6] David Goffin

Bottom Half [7] Fabio Fognini

[3] Stefanos Tsitsipas

[8] Diego Schwartzman

[2] Rafael Nadal

 

Draw & Results

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Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Novak Djokovic

Best Result: Title 2008, 2011, 2014-2015

2020 might have started out with another Grand Slam for Djokovic but the year has since descended into chaos. First his ill-fated Adria Tour which saw several competing members of the team diagnosed with COBID-19, himself and his wife Jelena included, and then the embarrassment of being defaulted in the quarter-finals after a ball angrily swatted away hit a lines-person in the throat.

It will be key for him to bounce back and at least he has some momentum having been back on the ATP tour since its restart, so it will all come down to how well he makes that transition onto the clay.

Djokovic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Salvatore Caruso | H2H: Djokovic leads H2H 1-0
  • R3: Felix Auger-Aliassime [16] | First meeting
  • QF: Gael Monfils [5] | H2H: Djokovic leads 17-0
  • SF: Matteo Berrettini [4] | H2H: Djokovic leads 1-0
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2] | H2H: Djokovic leads 29-26

 

[2] Rafael Nadal

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Best Result: Title 2005-7, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2018-2019

The key question will be just how ready Nadal is to restart the tour. He opted not to travel to the US for its condensed US Open swing and perhaps caught a break in terms of being caught in his Grand Slam tally by Djokovic’s default.

It would make for a very interesting lead up to Roland Garros if we could get a final with this pair, and to be honest the additional time for Djokovic to travel back to Europe and prepare might help.

Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Pablo Carreno Busta | H2H: Nadal leads 5-0
  • R3: Milos Raonic [13] | H2H: Nadal leads 8-2
  • QF: Diego Schwartzman | H2H: Nadal leads 9-0
  • SF: Stefanos Tsitsipas | H2H: Nadal leads 5-1
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] | H2H: Djokovic leads 29-26

 

[3] Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Best Result: Semi-final 2019

While the time has come for the younger generation to finally step up and claim a Slam, Tsitsipas (part of the Next Generation) might have to wait a little judging from his collapse in his loss in the third round of the US Open. He has had a few heartbreakers at a slam, but hopefully he can rebound on the clay.

Tsitsipas’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Benoit Paire | H2H tied at 1-1
  • R3: Grigor Dimitrov [15] | First meeting
  • QF: Fabio Fognini [7] | H2H: Tsitsipas leads 2-0
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [2] | H2H: Nadal leads 5-1
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] | H2H: Djokovic leads 3-2

 

[4] Matteo Berrettini

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Best Result: Third Round 2019

It has been a bit of a nondescript year for Berrettini since the start of the year, with the US Open giving him back to back matches for the first time in 2020.

He was busy with the Ultimate Tennis Showdown and Thiem’s Seven as lockdown started to ease, but still seems to be searching for a little consistency that started to return a little in New York, so it will be interesting to see if he can make a strong transition to the clay.

Berrettini’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Jan-Lennard Struff | H2H: Berrettini leads 2-0
  • R3: Cristian Garin [14] | H2H tied at 1-1
  • QF: David Goffin [6] | H2H: Goffin leads 1-0
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1] | H2H: Djokovic leads 1-0
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2] | H2H: Nadal leads 1-0

 

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