Top seed and two-time former titlist Novak Djokovic has a first-round BYE. He will open quest for his third crown against world no.89, Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes (4-0 head-to-head career record).
Novak’s potential opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI, 15)
Quarter-finals: Tomas Berdych (CZE, 6), Marin Cilic (CRO, 11)
Semi-finals: David Ferrer (ESP, 4), Rafael Nadal (ESP, 5), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB, 10)
Finals: Roger Federer (SUI, 2), Andy Murray (GBR, 3), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG, 7), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, 8)…
Djokovic conquered Rome in 2008 and 2011. The 25-year-old Serbian star finished runner up to Rafael Nadal last year (5-7, 3-6), so he will defend 600 ATP points.
The last of three Masters 1000 events contested on clay will be played at Foro Italico from May 12 to May 19.
“I love the support I have here, a lot of kids screaming my name. I speak Italian and I so feel like a local and winning here twice will help me have a great time,“ Novak said at the pre-tournament press conference. “I want to find my right form as in Monte Carlo and I believe I can do it. In this tournament there are many great players in great shape. Not easy, but it’s not the first time in my career and hopefully this tournament will be the lucky one for me.“
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