Singles draw has been made for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2018.
No.11 seed and four-time former champion Novak Djokovic will open his campaign against Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR, ATP no. 57, H2H 5-0).
Novak’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:
2nd round: Filippo Baldi (ITA), Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
3rd round: John Isner (USA, 8), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Quarter-finals: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, 3), Jack Sock (USA, 13), Kei Nishikori (JPN), David Ferrer (ESP)
Semi-finals: Rafael Nadal (ESP, 1), Dominic Thiem (AUT, 6)
Finals: Alexander Zverev (GER, 2), Marin Cilic (CRO, 4), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG, 5), Kevin Anderson (RSA, 7), David Goffin (BEL, 9)
Novak conquered Rome in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Last year he finished runner-up to Alexander Zverev (4-6, 3-6) .
The last of three Masters 1000 events contested on clay takes place in the capital of Italy from May 13-20.