Nadal to open up against Carreno Busta

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal will start his quest for a tenth Internazionali BNL d’Italia title against the in-form Pablo Carreno Busta who reached the US Open semi-finals last week.

The two-time defending champion, who is playing in his first tournament since winning the title at Acapulco in February, will be looking to extend his 5-0 head-to-head record against his compatriot as well as his 10-match Italian Open winning streak when the two players meet for their second round match at the Foro Italico.

No.3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has been drawn in Nadal’s half while No.8 seed Diego Schwartzman, No.9 seed Andrey Rublev and No.13 seed Milos Raonic are potential quarterfinal opponents for the Spaniard. The Canadian will take on Adrian Mannarino in his first round match.

In the top half of the draw, world No.1 Novak Djokovic will face either Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso or a qualifier in his opening match. No.10 seed Stan Wawrinka starts his campaign for a first Rome title against a qualifier while No.16 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime’s first round opponent is Filip Krajinovic. They all feature in Djokovic’s quarter, as does No.5 seed Gael Monfils.

Italian hopes will be pinned on No.4 seed Matteo Berrettini, who will take on either Jan-Lennard Struff or a qualifier in his first match, and No.7 seed Fabio Fognini, who has been drawn in Nadal’s half. Fognini, who won Monte Carlo last year, will face the winner of the clash between Kevin Anderson and Ugo Humbert.

Other Italians in the draw include wildcard Stefano Travaglia, who faces a tricky opener against Taylor Fritz, wildcard Gianluca Mager, who will take on No.15 seed Grigor Dimitrov, and rising star Jannick Sinner, who upset Steve Johnson on his way to a second round showing here last year. Sinner will meet France’s Benoit Paire in an enticing first round encounter.

Lorenzo Sonego, who is playing here on a career-high ranking of No.46, was on hand to help with the draw ceremony which took place at the Foro Italico on Saturday. The 25-year-old from Turin will play Nikoloz Basilashvili for the first time in their opening round match.

Main draw matches will be played behind closed doors at the Italian Open from Monday.

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