The ATP Masters 1000 tournament takes place from May 8 to May 15 at Foro Italico in Rome. As a top seed, Novak has a first round BYE. He will open his campaign in R2 against world no.34 Aslan Karatsev (RUS, H2H 1-1).
Defending champion advanced to the the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, following a convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in 70 minutes. Novak will face fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.