ATP Rome Open Draw: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the SAME HALF AGAIN!

It seems like destiny wants Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to keep facing each other before the finals time and again. The two competitors, who faced each other in the Semi-finals of the Madrid Open have again been drawn together in the same half of the draw.


With the big guns like Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka receiving First Round byes, we analyze the Rome Masters draw.

Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point

Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point

Rafael Nadal

Nothing can stop Nadal at the moment, who is on hot streak, winning three titles back-to-back on red clay (Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid).

Set to play the winner of Andreas Seppi and Nicolas Almagro in his first match, he has also drawn the big serving American Jack Sock in the Third Round.

If things go according to plan, Nadal would play Madrid Open finalist Dominic Thiem for a place in the Semis.

Andy Murray returning a serveAndy Murray

The World No.1 opens his Rome campaign against a tricky opponent in the form of Fabio Fognini. The Italian took Nadal to three sets and would pose a great threat to the Scot.

He also has rising youngsters in the form of Alexander Zverev and the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the quarters.


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic smacking a forehandSeeded Second for the Rome Masters, Djokovic has plays the winner of a qualifier and a wildcard in the first round followed by a potential match against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in Round 3.

He has the toughest road to the Semi-finals with the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori in his quarter.



Stan Wawrinka serving

Stan Wawrinka

The World No.3 has not been in the most impressive form in recent times but the Swiss has a chance to gain some vital momentum going into the French Open with the likes of John Isner, David Goffin and Marin Cilic to name a few.

Also Read: Novak Djokovic: Rafael Nadal is favourite to win the French Open

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