After the debacle of Madrid, it’s back to the familiar red dirt of Rome, which boasts the Big 4 again.
The rankings finally are interesting again with Roger up to #2 with Rafa looking to hit back. In fact, Roger is the only one not with much to prove this tournament unusually, while Novak, Rafa and Andy ‘White Fang’ Murray look to restore order.
Let’s break it down:
ATP Level: 1000
Surface: Red Clay
Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic – Looking to rebound from Madrid exit to Tipsarevic
Sleeper: Juan Del Potro – The big man lost his footing too much in Madrid but could bounce back
On the Slide : Juan Carlos ‘The Mosquito’ Ferrero – Won Rome in 2001 and hopefully those memories will re-awaken the dirt devil
On Fire: Roger Federer – May not find the same advantages on the slower Rome clay this time
My pick: Rafael Nadal – Rome is back in his wheelhouse and the lost ranking position will have him fired up
Did You Know? The only players to have won Rome 3 times or more are Rafael Nadal (5) and Thomas Muster (3)
Watch: Rome Uncovered
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