Novak Djokovic will return to action once again, as he will compete at the Rome Masters next week. The Serbian enters the tournament as the top seed and the defending champion. Last year, he lifted the title, after defeating Diego Schwartzman in the finals in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic last played at the Serbia Open 2021, where he lost to Aslan Karatsev in the finals. The Serbian did not compete at the Madrid Masters this week, and will instead compete at the Belgrade 2 Open. The world number one has won the title in Rome on five occasions, and is gearing up for his sixth title this year.
Novak Djokovic up against a tricky draw
Novak Djokovic has received a bye in the first round. In the second round, he is expected to face the Brit, Dan Evans. Djokovic lost to Evans at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 in the third round itself. In the third round, he will most likely be up against Grigor Dimitrov, who is a good player on clay courts.
It gets tougher for Djokovic, starting from the quarterfinals. In the last 8, the Serbian will face Stefanos Tsitsipas or Matteo Berrettini. Both players are in good form at the moment, and have won a title each in the past month. In the semifinals, he is likely to face either of Dominic Thiem or Andrey Rublev. Thiem had a good run at Madrid Masters, where he reached the semifinals.
In the finals, he will face Rafael Nadal, who is a nine time champion in Rome. The duo clashed against each other in the finals of the Italian Masters in 2019, where Nadal won in three sets.