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The winners of the 78th edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia have found their place in the draws that have been made this morning in Rome, we simply do not know who they are and out of which battles they will rise as champions.
What we can see, from the line up and the little splash of fortune that always comes with drawings, is that plenty thrilling matches are set to take place at the Foro Italico.
The Men Draw – Defending champion, world number 1 and first seed Novak Djokovic will be practicing with Andy Murray waiting for his first opponent to come out from a match between Taylor Fritz and Daniel Evans. If the latter comes out of it as a winner, “Nole” will be looking to revenge the shocking loss suffered from the Brit in Monte Carlo a couple weeks ago. With Matteo Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the same quarter, the Serb will need to find his best tennis pretty early in the week to try and avoid an upset.
Similarly, Rafael Nadal will need a comparable plan, as he could make his debut against local rising star Jannik Sinner, while in quarter finals he is theoretically set to cross path with Alexander Zverev, who has just defeated him in Madrid.
In the same bottom half, some of the most enthralling first round matches are placed: Casper Ruud will be looking to upset Denis Shapovalov, while Fabio Fognini is taking on Kei Nishikori.
The Women Draw – Fans will be ready to enjoy several matches that promise to deliver great pathos already from the first round. Among those, 2019 Rome Champion Karolina Pliskova will be taking on eternal Venus Williams, who lifted the same trophy in 1999; Karolina Muchova against Madison Keys, and Garbine Muguruza against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are two more examples of unmissable first rounds.
Looking a little ahead and to the possible line-ups for further stages, the chance of a rematch of Stuttgart and Madrid finals between Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka in the quarter finals is obviously catching everyone’s attention. But so is the Serena Williams vs Naomi Osaka possibility in the lowest quarter.
Defending champion and Rome lover Simona Halep has also found a challenging draw between her and a second title at the Internazionali: following a first round bye, she is set to face Angelique Kerber or a qualifier, with Marketa Vondrousova as an unseeded dark horse in a section of the draw strong of Bianca Andreescu and Petra Kvitova in the same quarter.