The draw ceremonies for the 79th edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia have given plenty of exciting matches that fans will be already looking forward to. Even with the top 8 seeds on both draws receiving a bye in the first round, there will be no shortage of emotion starting from the very first matches.
On the men’s side, the draw is topped by Novak Djokovic, whose debut will come against the winner of the match between Lloyd Harris and Aslan Karatsev. The Serbs projected quarterfinal sees him crossing path with Felix Auger Aliassime and, if we look even further, Rafael Nadal in the same half. The defending champion might be opening his campaign against John Isner -opposed to a qualifier- and has been placed in the same quarter of Kasper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz.
The Pole will not have an easy task though as he has been drawn against hot-form and former top 10 David Goffin already in the first round.
In a bottom half that features most of the Next Gen present and past stars, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are the highest seeds, with projected quarter finals against Andrey Rublev and Carlos Alcaraz respectively.
In that side of the draw, fans will be keeping an eye on clay court specialists and in-search of form Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem, who will be facing in an exciting first round.
The women’s singles draw features almost all the world’s best players and is promising to give a great show from the very first rounds. World number one and defending champion Iga Swiatek will start her run against the winner of an all-US first round between Shelby Rodgers and Alison Riske. According to the seeding, she is supposed to face Anett Kontaveit in the quarters, with Aryna Sabalenka and Danielle Collins as the other top seeds in her half.
The latter will surely be watching the match that will decide her first opponent as it is one of the most intriguing first rounds in the draw: in the remake of the Australian Open 4th round Simona Halep will try to get past 2008 finalist Alize Cornet.
Naomi Osaka will have the chance to try and avenge the loss from Madrid as she has been drawn against hot-form Sara Sorribes-Tormo in what promises to be an exciting first round, while Vika Azarenka will make her Roman debut against Viktorija Golubic just like in Madrid.
Madrid finalists have not been given easy first rounds in Rome as Jessica Pegula will be facing hard hitter and always tricky Liudmilla Samsonova, while Ons Jabeur has been drawn against Sorana Cirstea.
Other exciting first rounds will feature Anastasiya Pavlyuchenkova and US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, Coco Gauff opposed to Angelique Kerber and Grand Slam champions first ever clash between Emma Raducanu and Bianca Andreescu.