The Internaznioli BNL D’Italia, otherwise known as the Rome Masters, draw is out, and here are the results.
Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is No. 1 seed and has a bye in the first round. In the second round, our champ will play either countryman Fernando Verdasco or Damir Dzumhur.
Rafa could face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals as he hunts his eighth Rome Masters title. He is in the same side of the draw at the Italian Open as Novak Djokovic.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- Round 1: Bye
- Round 2: Fernando Verdasco or Damir Dzumhur
- Round 16: Tomas Berdych
- Quarter Final: Dominic Thiem
- Semi Final: Grigor Dimitrov
- Final: Alexander Zverev
- Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
- Grigor Dimitrov vs John Isner
- Kevin Anderson vs Marin Cilic
- Juan Martin del Potro vs Alexander Zverev
This will be Rafa’s final clay court tournament before the French Open.
With Dominic Thiem’s upset of Rafa at the Madrid Open, Roger Federer will return to No. 1 in ATP Rankings on 14 May. Rafa would reclaim World No. 1 on 21 May if he wins his 8th title in Rome. (via ATP World Tour)
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!