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Rome Open preview
Location: Rome, Italy
Surface: Outdoor clay courts
Category: ATP Masters 1000
Prize money: €4,273,775
Top seed: Andy Murray
Defending champion: Andy Murray


The tournament in Rome is the second consecutive event for the world top players. It will be followed by a short rest before Roland Garros kicks off. This week the competitors should show what they are capable of and start the French Open at their best.  

Weather and Courts

The weather in Rome is very similar to that in Madrid. The same +25°C, but the humidity is lower and there is no precipitation expected. The courts in the Italian capital are traditionally slower and it will give more prominence to the physical form of the players(stamina, footwork, power of shots).

Past Champions

The event in Rome is very old and dates back to the year 1969 when it was won by the Australians and the US players. Since 2003 the new era of the event has started and the Spaniards gained the dominance and won 9 of the last 14 events. Rafa Nadal triumphed at the event for 7 years. However, throughout the last three years the system has broken. In 2014-2015 Novak Djokovic lifted the title, in 2016 – Andy Murray who comes as the defending champion this year.  

Draw Analysis

The top two seeded, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic topple the draw, however, neither of them is rated as the favorite to the title. The Sot can’t change his defending playing style to dominate on dirt. Djokovic is capable of winning only if luck lets him. In the third round he’ll face Nick Kyrgios / Bautista Agut / Carreno Busta. Then in the 4th round it will be either Kei Nishikori or Juan Martin Del Potro, Nadal in quarters.

Rome isn’t the most comfortable event for Novak. There will be lots of struggle and it will take lots of physical efforts, which is fatal for the Serb.

Rafa Nadal again is the heavy favorite to the title. This time it’ll be even easier for the Mallorca’s native to earn victory: the courts in Rome are slower than in Madrid and the Spaniard will enjoy playing his tenacious tennis. Nadal looks the strongest of the draw and his physics should provide him with heavy advantage.

Whom else should we mention? Stan Wawrinka must wake up before the Grand Slam event. But in the second round he’ll most probably meet with Benoit Paire, which will be a tough test for the Swiss. 

Murray’s quarter looks rather weak. Milos Raonic is likely to progress to the quarters.

We’d also point your attention to the great number of the US players who have arrived to prepare for the French Open but can hardly expect to run deep. Why? Find the explanation here.

David Goffin is also worth attention. The Belgian is in superb form. And even if clay has never favored Goffin, his form and mindset for victory should help him to make deep run. 

Final prediction: Nadal v Goffin. 

While the players will clash on courts to decide who’s the best, we’ll keep struggling with bookies looking for valuable betting lines and getting some money. Bet with our tips and get +20% to your trading bankroll.

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