Nadal, Thiem on Early Collision Course in Rome; ATP Preview
by Staff | May 12th, 2018, 5:59 pm

Will Rafael Nadal face Dominic Thiem for the second week in a row leading into the French Open?
The Italian Open will be the last stop for most of the top players before Paris, and seeds Tomas Berdych, Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Jack Sock and Novak Djokovic are among those with opening-round challenges.

ROME, Italy; Surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, David Goffin, Pablo Carreno Busta, Novak Djokovic, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Diego Schwartzman, Tomas Berdych, Lucas Pouille

Floaters: Denis Shapovalov, Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Stan Wawrinka, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Borna Coric


Interesting starts for (15) Berdych vs. Shapovalov who is finding his footing on clay, (6) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Monfils winner, (3) Dimitrov vs. Nishikori, (13) Sock vs. the former French runner-up Ferrer, the struggling (11) Djokovic vs. “The Dog” Dogopolov, (14) Schwartzman vs. the Paire-Gasquet winner, and (5) Del Potro vs. Coric…

(1) Nadal looking at a quarterfinal rematch with (6) Thiem from last week in Madrid…

The all-Italian wild card slate went to Matteo Berrettini, Marco Cecchinato, Andreas Seppi and Lorenzo Sonego…

Withdrawing from the field were Roberto Bautista Agut, Chung Hyeon, Roger Federer, Filip Krajinovic, Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Andrey Rublev, and Jo-Wilfried…

Zverev is the defending champion, last year straight-setting Djokovic in the final…

Djokovic has appeared in the eight of the last 10 Rome finals, winning four titles…

Former champions in the field are Zverev (2017), Djokovic (2015-14,’11,’08), Nadal (2013-12,’10-09,’07-05).


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5 Comments for Nadal, Thiem on Early Collision Course in Rome; ATP Preview

Anto Says:

WTF? another QF between Thiem and Nadal. Why can’t they be in opposite halfs.

AndyMira Says:

That’s alright Anto!….Thiem will face a different Rafa this time around…QF or not…doesn’t matter…

skeezer Says:

Do you really think Thiem is going to best Rafa two times in a row on Clay? Lol…betcha he is happy to get another match against the Dominator.

RZ Says:

Exactly all. I’m getting really frustrated that the draw keeps breaking that way. Not even the same half, but always the same quarter.

AM – it dose matter! Thiem won’t win against Rafa the 2nd week in a row. But these draws affect his ability to gain important ranking points on his best surface. It would have been nice if Thiem could have moved up the ranks a bit, but he actually has dropped his ranking by a spot after Madrid.

AndyMira Says:

RZ!….Yeah!…I admit,Thiem won’t win against Rafa 2nd week in a row….But,That’s okay!…he’s still learning…To me,he’s done a good job at 8th in the world RZ…And he consistently a Top tenner since 2016…The only closest next gen rival is Sascha…So,to be in the Top 10 for 2 years straight when the much more senior players can’t do that…to me is very impressive….And what’s more…he has time on his side to developed his game,tennis skills,mental toughness etc…..Be patient RZ….He’ll get there someday…Wawa peaked at 29 years of age…And Thiem only 24…Plenty of time for him still….

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