Draw for the 78th edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia has been made on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal will begin his title bid against the winner of Sinner’s first-round encounter against Ugo Humbert. He could meet Zverev for the second straight week. The German also features in a packed fourth quarter of the draw, which also includes last year’s Rome semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov, Marbella champion Pablo Carreno Busta and former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Bye
- 2nd round: Jannik Sinner
- 3rd round: Denis Shapovalov
- Quarter-final: Alexander Zverev
- Semi-final: Daniil Medvedev
- Final: Novak Djokovic
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
- Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Dominic Thiem vs Andrey Rublev
- Diego Schwartzman vs Daniil Medvedev
- Alexander Zverev v Rafael Nadal
Our champ will return to Rome with his sights set on a 10th title run at the Foro Italico. He owns a record 63 victories at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament and will be seeking his first trophy in Rome since 2019, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in a three-set championship match.
GOOD LUCK, RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour