No.1 seed and four-time former champion has a first round BYE. He will open his campaign in R2 against Salvatore Caruso (ITA, ATP #87, WC) on Wednesday.
Novak beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 to move into the championship match of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which will be his 49th ATP Masters 1000 final. Next up is Rafael Nadal (ESP, 2)
The four-time former titlist survived a serious scare from Juan Martin Del Potro at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Friday, fighting off two match points to rally past the Argentine 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 and reach his 10th semi-final in Rome
The second seed continued his run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, en route to the last eight.