This Week On The ATP Tour – CW19

Foro Italico Rome (photo: Florian Heer)

STARNBERG, May 8, 2022

One year after Spanish clay-court king Rafael Nadal defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in a three-set final at the 2021 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the two most successful players in ATP Masters 1000 history have been drawn in the same half for next week’s event.

Nadal’s 10 Rome titles are his most at any event at that level outside of his 11 in Monte Carlo. The 35-year-old will be competing in his second event after a six-week injury layoff as he continues his return from a stress fracture in his ribs.

Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz is flying higher than ever following wins against Nadal and Djokovic at the Mutua Madrid Open, while reigning Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece will pursue another Masters 1000 title.