The draw has been made for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal is second-seeded and has a bye in the first round. He starts his title defence in the second round against either Richard Gasquet or Jeremy Chardy. The first seed Rafa could battle is big-hitting 14th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Bye
- 2nd round: Richard Gasquet or Jeremy Chardy
- 3rd round: Nikoloz Basilashvili
- Quarter-final: Dominic Thiem
- Semi-final: Roger Federer
- Final: Novak Djokovic
- Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro
- Alexander Zverev v Kei Nishikori
- Stefanos Tsitsipas v Roger Federer
- Dominic Thiem v Rafael Nadal
Rafa is an eight-time champion in Rome, and claimed the title last year for the first time since 2013 with victory over defending champion Alexander Zverev.
The last of three Masters 1000 events contested on clay takes place in the capital of Italy from May 12-19.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour