This Week On The ATP Tour – CW19

Internazionali BNL d’Italia ATP Masters 1000 Rome (photo: Brigitte Urban)

STARNBERG, May 10, 2023

The world’s best players have assembled in Rome for the first year of the expanded 12-day Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the third and final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the clay-court season.

Second seed Carlos Alcaraz arrives at the €8,637,966 event with momentum after back-to-back triumphs in Barcelona and Madrid. The 20-year-old Spaniard has earned a 29-2 record in 2023 with four titles.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, a six-time Rome champion, will try to find his best form at the Foro Italico and defend his crown. The World No. 1, who missed Madrid due to an elbow injury, has never lost before the quarterfinals across 16 appearances in Italy’s capital city. Djokovic holds a 64-10 record at the Foro Italico after lifting the trophy there for a sixth time in 2022.

Sinner leads home hopes

Having reached his first Rome quarterfinal last year, World No. 8 Jannik Sinner will be the lead hope for a first Italian winner since Adriano Panatta in 1976. The 21-year-old takes to court in the Eternal City in seeking to boost his 12-3 record at ATP Masters 1000 events so far this year.

Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both chase a second ATP Masters 1000 triumph of the year, although neither man has previously reached the stage of the final eight in Rome. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, Casper Ruud from Norway and Danish youngster Holger Rune are among the others pushing for victory at the Foro Italico.