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ATP Italian Open Underdogs 2023 – Three Guys to Watch in Rome

I’m sure you’ve all seen that the 2023 Rome Masters has started. The first round of matches kicked off on Wednesday, May 10th, and these first rounds will be completed on Thursday, May 11th – weather permitting. This means that the Italian Open seeds in the men’s event will get started on Friday, May 12th. Therefore, now is a pretty exciting time to check out the tournament if you haven’t yet done so.

However, I don’t want to discuss the top seeds for the Rome Masters here. After all, these guys have received plenty of attention in recent weeks, and they will continue to attract attention throughout the tournament. Instead, I wish to divert your attention to a few guys who have the potential to cause a few upsets in the Italian capital. 

Rome Masters Underdogs 2023

So on that note, let me give you a rundown of a few underdogs who could make a deep run at the 2023 Rome Masters.

The Three Underdogs to Check Out During the 2023 Rome Masters

When browsing through the Italian Open draw for the men’s singles, there are a few guys who definitely stand out as possible underdogs to go far. In fact, a couple of these guys could make it into the latter stages of the tournament if they bring their A-game. Anyway, since the action is taking place as we speak, I don’t wish to waste too much time introducing these guys to you. 

Instead, let me dive right in and highlight the three guys who have the potential to go far in this tournament.

Fabio Fognini

By his standards, Fognini has been having a terrible season so far. However, after his emphatic victory over Andy Murray under the floodlights last night, I believe that this tournament may reignite his passion for the game. Fognini triumphed over Murray in a pretty grueling three-set contest. And now that he has wriggled through the first round, he could grow in confidence and find his best level once again. 

Furthermore, his draw is reasonable, as he plays Kecmanovic next, and then he would play Rune if he wins that one.

Daniel Altmaier

Altmaier is a guy who has skated under the radar so far, yet he certainly needs to be brought up in the underdog discussion. Why? Because he put together a string of great results at the Madrid Open just last week, and he showed what he can do on a clay court. Altmaier actually got into the main draw as a lucky loser at the Madrid Open. But he went all the way to the quarter-finals before losing to Coric. 

He has a decent draw at the Italian Open too, but he needs to take out Tiafoe in the second round to open up this section of the draw.

Alexander Bublik

Finally, I feel that Bublik is another underdog who deserves attention for this tournament. Bublik had a tough draw in Madrid, yet he could have beaten Rune in the second round. Ultimately, he lost that match, but things are looking decent for him in Rome. He took out a solid clay court player in the form of Martinez in the first round, and he now plays Ben Shelton – a very winnable match.

So if he gets through that one, Bublik could definitely go far.


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