After watching Carlos Alcaraz win his fourth title of the year in Madrid, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is back in the mix to defend his 2022 Rome title. Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have dominated the Italian Open in recent years, winning 16 of the last 18 titles between them.
With Nadal currently sidelined and Djokovic in top form, the Serbian star is a clear favorite to win the tournament. However, 20-year-old Alcaraz cannot be discounted, having impressed with his recent form on the clay courts.
The Rome surface is slower than Madrid, making it more similar to Roland Garros, which is why Nadal has been so dominant in the Italian Open in the past. However, Djokovic’s versatility and reach make him a formidable opponent on any surface, and he will be looking to use these skills to his advantage in Rome.
Alcaraz, on the other hand, has shown a willingness to go for his shots and is not afraid to take risks, which could make him a dangerous opponent for Djokovic and the other top players in the tournament. As the Italian Open gets underway, all eyes will be on Djokovic and Alcaraz to see who will emerge victorious on the clay courts of Rome.
With Rafael Nadal currently out of action and no word on whether he will be able to compete at the French Open later this month, the focus in the world of tennis has shifted to the Italian Open.
Djokovic and Nadal have been the dominant forces at this tournament in recent years, but with Nadal absent, the Serbian star is the clear favorite to take home the title. However, as we have seen in recent tournaments, anything can happen in the world of tennis, and there are sure to be plenty of surprises and upsets in Rome.