By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev
  • Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • British interest: Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans (Qualifying)
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ROME, ITALY – The usual suspects head up the field at the Rome Masters and with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic still in the mix in Madrid, the Road to Roland Garros is heating up nicely.


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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP Masters 1000
Surface Clay (O)
Singles Draw 64
Doubles Draw 32
Prize Money €5,791,280
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Top seeds [1] Novak Djokovic

[2] Rafael Nadal

[3] Roger Federer

[4] Alexander Zverev

[5] Dominic Thiem

[6] Kei Nishikori

[7] Juan Martin Del Potro

[8] Stefanos Tsitsipas

Top Half [1] Novak Djokovic

[7] Juan Martin Del Potro

[4] Alexander Zverev

[6] Kei Nishikori

Bottom Half [8] Stefanos Tsitsipas

[3] Roger Federer

[5] Dominic Thiem

[2] Rafael Nadal


Draw & Results

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Order of Play


16-May R3
D Schwartzman (ARG) 63 64 M Berrettini [WC] (ITA)
F Verdasco  (ESP) 75 36 63 K Khachanov [11] (RUS)
R Federer [3] (SUI) 26 64 76(7) B Coric [13] (CRO)
JM Del Potro [7] (ARG) 64 64 C Ruud [Q] (NOR)
R Nadal [2] (ESP) 61 60 N Basilashvili [14] (GEO)
K Nishikori [6] (JPN) 36 76(2) 63 J-L Struff (GER)
N Djokovic [1] (SRB) 63 60 P Kohlschreiber (GER)
S Tsitsipas [8] (GRE) 64 63 F Fognini [10] (ITA)
16-May R2
D Schwartzman (ARG) 76(5) 61 A Ramos Vinolas [Q] (ESP)
F Verdasco  (ESP) 46 64 75 D Thiem [5] (AUT)
K Nishikori [6] (JPN) 62 64 T Fritz [Q] (USA)
J-L Struff (GER) 62 63 M Cilic [9] (CRO)
R Federer [3] (SUI) 64 63 J Sousa (POR)
R Nadal [2] (ESP) 60 61 J Chardy (FRA)
JM Del Potro [7] (ARG) 64 62 D Goffin (BEL)
N Djokovic [1] (SRB) 61 63 D Shapovalov (CAN)
C Ruud [Q] (NOR) 63 67(5) 21 DFLT N Kyrgios (AUS)
S Tsitsipas [8] (GRE) 63 62 J Sinner [WC] (ITA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 63 M Cecchinato [16] (ITA)
F Fognini [10] (ITA) 76(6) 63 R Albot (MDA)
14-May R1
T Fritz [Q] (USA) 63 64 G Pella (ARG)
R Albot (MDA) 63 62 B Paire [Q] (FRA)
D Goffin (BEL) 46 60 62 S Wawrinka (SUI)
J Chardy (FRA) 61 46 63 R Gasquet (FRA)
D Schwartzman (ARG) 61 64 Y Nishioka [Q] (JPN)
N Kyrgios (AUS) 63 36 63 D Medvedev [12] (RUS)
M Cilic [9] (CRO) 61 75 A Basso [WC] (ITA)
J Sousa (POR) 63 67(3) 76(4) F Tiafoe (USA)
J-L Struff (GER) 64 67(5) 63 G Dimitrov (BUL)
14-May R2
K Khachanov [11] (RUS) 57 64 62 R Bautista Agut (ESP)
M Berrettini [WC] (ITA) 75 75 A Zverev [4] (GER)
N Basilashvili [14] (GEO) 75 64 L Djere (SRB)
B Coric [13] (CRO) 62 62 C Norrie [Q] (GBR)
13-May R1
B Coric [13] (CRO) 67(4) 63 64 F Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
L Djere (SRB) 63 64 M Kukushkin (KAZ)
F Verdasco  (ESP) 46 64 62 K Edmund (GBR)
K Khachanov [11] (RUS) 63 67(1) 63 L Sonego [WC] (ITA)
C Ruud [Q] (NOR) 75 06 63 D Evans [Q] (GBR)
D Shapovalov (CAN) 63 76(5) P Carreno  Busta (ESP)
M Cecchinato [16] (ITA) 46 63 61 A De Minaur (AUS)
A Ramos Vinolas [Q] (ESP) 63 61 G Monfils [15] (FRA)
C Norrie [Q] (GBR) 36 63 64 J Millman (AUS)
F Fognini [10] (ITA) 63 64 J-W Tsonga [PR] (FRA)
12-May R1
P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 36 63 G Simon (FRA)
M Berrettini [WC] (ITA) 62 64 L Pouille (FRA)
J Sinner [WC] (ITA) 16 61 75 S Johnson (USA)
R Bautista Agut (ESP) 61 36 61 A Seppi (ITA)
N Basilashvili [14] (GEO) 61 76(2) M Fucsovics (HUN)

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[1] Novak Djokovic

Best Result: Title 2011, 2016

After winning the first Slam of the year, not to mention holding three of the four majors with Roland Garros coming up to make up the set, it has been a frustrating spring for Djokovic who underperformed at Indian Wells and Miami, and has not always looked a comfortably figure since the start of the clay court season.

He lost in the quarter-final of his back-yard in Monte-Carlo, but found a way past some stiff resistance to make the Madrid final at the time of writing. It is not a bad path to the final by any means, but whether Djokovic’s stars will all align remains to be seen.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Denis Shapovalov (Djokovic leads H2H 1-0)
  • R3: Marco Cecchinato [16] (H2H Tied at 1-1)
  • QF: Juan Martin Del Potro [7] (Djokovic leads H2H 15-4)
  • SF: Alexander Zverev [4] (H2H Tied at 2-2)
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2] (Djokovic leads H2H 28-25)


[2] Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final of the Australian Open 2019, Melbourne

Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final of the Australian Open 2019, Melbourne | (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

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

With injury woes continuing to dog Nadal this year, that he came out after an extended break following his semi-final withdrawal in Indian Wells, two semi-final runs have been pretty sold as he bids for a spot in Sunday’s Madrid final at the time of writing.

His path to the final only hits a wrinkle on paper if both he and Djokovic make the final, but if that is our Madrid final line-up it will be a good marker to see where both of their games and importantly their mentality is at.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Richard Gasquet (Nadal leads H2H 16-0)
  • R3: Nikoloz Basilashvili [14] (Nadal leads H2H 2-0)
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [5] (Nadal leads H2H 8-4)
  • SF: Roger Federer [3] (Nadal leads H2H 23-15)
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] (Djokovic leads H2H 28-25)


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[3] Roger Federer

Best Result: Final 2003, 2006, 2013, 2015

The long awaited return to the dirt for Federer saw him face a couple of battles before bowing out in the quarter-final, and is showed a fair bit of rust on the dust. Having said he would make up his mind on Rome, no doubt fans were giddy at his message on social media that he would in fact take part.

It will be interesting, should they meet in the quarter-final, if Stefanos Tsitsipas can live up to his deep run in Madrid, where he will battle for a spot in the final on Saturday evening, if he can upend Federer once more.

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

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Frances Tiafoe
  • R3: Borna Coric [13] (Federer leads H2H 3-0)
  • QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas [8] (H2H Tied at 1-1)
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [2] (Nadal leads H2H 23-15)
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1] (Djokovic leads H2H 25-22)


[4] Alexander Zverev

Best Result: Title 2017

It has been a strange clay court season thus far for Zverev, for whom the expectation is still rife that he will be the one to make the breakthrough at the Slams. It took until Madrid for Zverev to even get one back to back win.

This could be a tricky draw for Zverev, and a run to the final for the third time in a row looks unlikely and thus hardly the best preparation ahead of Roland Garros.

Zverev’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Lucas Pouille (First Meeting)
  • R3: Gael Monfils [15] (Monfils leads H2H 3-0)
  • QF: Kei Nishikori [6] (Zverev leads H2H 2-1)
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1] (H2H Tied at 2-2)
  • F: Rafael Nadal [2] (Nadal leads H2H 5-0)


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