With the clay court season speeding toward the annual French Open and another huge Masters 1000 event set to get underway this coming weekend, all eyes will once again be on the Rafael Nadal as the ‘King of Clay’ looks to bag his eighth career Italian Open title starting on Sunday, May 14.
Better yet, you’re about to find out just what to expect out of Rafa and the rest of the field when they take to the clay court at the 2017 Interazionali BNL d’Italia, or should I simply say, the Italian Open.
In Depth Analysis On The Betting Predictions For The 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia
Event: ATP – Internazionali BNL d’Italia
Date: Sunday, May 14th – Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Location: Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
The 74th annual Italian Open will feature all of the top players in the world with one notable absence being that of 2017 Aussie Open winner Roger Federer. With the odds for this big lead-up event to the French Open still not released at the time of this writing, let’s take a look at the major contenders.
As of today, Nadal is seeking his record, 10th title at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Nadal is currently set for a quarterfinal matchup against Australian star Nick Kyrgios after beating Fabio Fognini in three sets in the Round of 16. Rafa has bagged a whopping seven Italian Open titles, but none since winning back-to-back in 2012-2013.
Djokovic I trying to get back on top of his game after some early season struggles that includes a pair of losses against the powerful Kyrgios. Djokovic faces Feliciano Lopez in the quarters in Monte Carlo after getting past Nicolas Almagro in three sets the last time out. Djokovic has won the Italian Open four times, including consecutive wins in 2014 and 2015.
Murray bagged last year’s Italian Open title and I in the quarters against Borna Coric at Monte Carlo and like Djokovic, looking to get his game back on track after some early struggles.
If you know anything about tennis, then you should know that Alexander Zverev has the potential to become the top-ranked player in the world at some point in the near future. Zverev upset former U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic in the round of 16 and awaits a Thomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
Kyrgios is finally starting to mature and that’s not good news for the rest of the players on the ATP World Tour. With a pair of wins against Djokovic this season and some mostly outstanding play all season long, Kyrgios is now a threat to win on any surface – and against anyone.
Thiem and Nishikori
Last but certainly not least, I think Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori both have decent chances to pull off a couple of upsets while challenging for the Italian Open title. Thiem has a fantastic one-handed backhand and is playing the best tennis of his young career while Nishikori is looking to get back to playing better after some early struggles, but has the talent to beat anyone on any given day.