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The ATP Rome Masters is officially underway. And as the first few rounds are currently in progress, I figured now is the perfect time to provide you with a tournament overview and a few predictions for the 2022 event. There are quite a few standout things that I really need to get to regarding this tournament. So below, I will be running through the draw, who to watch out for, potential matchups, and more.
And with this tournament being the final clay-court Masters event before the French Open, it carries great significance regarding how things will shape up for Roland Garros. Without further ado, let me get started with the Rome Masters overview right now.
All You Need to Know for the 2022 Rome Masters
At the time of writing, many first-round games have been completed, and some are still ongoing. So now really is the perfect time to highlight some of the most important points for the Rome Masters. All of this is discussed below:
Carlos Alcaraz Takes a Pass
Following his monumental tournament victory in Madrid, Alcaraz has decided not to compete in the 2022 Rome Masters. Some people are surprised by this decision from Alcaraz and his team, but I’m not overly shocked in all honesty. He has had a pretty hectic schedule in recent weeks. And while yes, he’s just 19 years of age, his body does need time to rest after such demands. Not only that, but he also sustained an ankle injury during his clash against Nadal.
So I’m sure he will be taking all the precautions necessary to be ready for the French Open.
Potential Nadal vs Djokovic Semi-final
This is one of the most exciting prospects for the ATP Rome Masters, in my opinion. It’s always tasty to see that the game’s greats might play one another on clay prior to Roland Garros. And historically, fans and punters have attributed a great deal of importance to their matches in terms of their potential impact on the French. Last year they played in the final. But this year, if all goes to plan, they will face off in the semi-finals.
Last Chance for Ruud to Show Something
In terms of potential winners for the French Open, prior to the start of the clay-court season, Casper Ruud was right up there. But so far this season, Ruud has underperformed massively by his standards. He lost early in Monte Carlo, he lost in the quarter-finals of Barcelona, the quarters of Munich, and he went out in the opening round of Madrid. So really, Rome is the final chance for Ruud to find some form ahead of the French.
Plenty of Italian Interest
With the tournament being played in Rome, of course, there is plenty of interest from an Italian perspective. The main three guys that fans will be hoping to see include Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, and Jannik Sinner. All three are very talented players, and they will all have strong backing from the fans when they take to the court.