The draw has been revealed for Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Second-seeded Rafael Nadal has a first-round BYE. He will begin his campaign against US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta in Rome.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Bye
- 2nd round: Pablo Carreno Busta
- 3rd round: Milos Raonic
- Quarter-final: Diego Schwartzman
- Semi-final: Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Final: Novak Djokovic
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
- Novak Djokovic v Gael Monfils
- Matteo Berrettini v David Goffin
- Fabio Fognini v Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Diego Schwartzman v Rafael Nadal
Our champ is currently on a 10-match winning streak in Rome, having won the past two editions of the tournament. The 35-time ATP Masters 1000 winner won three-set battles against Alexander Zverev in the 2018 championship match and Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
If Rafa triumphs for the third straight year in Rome, he will capture a 10th trophy at a single event for the fourth time in his career. The Manacor native owns 12 Roland Garros trophies and has won 11 crowns at both the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour