The third clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event of the season will see the world’s best players compete at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, with World No.1 Novak Djokovic, Monte Carlo tiltist Stefanos Tsitsipas and Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz in action.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the tournament in the Italian capital:
When is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia?
The 2022 Internazionali BNL d’Italia will be held from 8-15 May. The clay-court ATP Masters 1000 tournament, established in 1930, will take place at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. The tournament director is Sergio Palmieri.
Who is playing at the 2022 Internazionali BNL d’Italia?
The Internazionali BNL d’Italia will feature Top 10 stars Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev, and Nadal, who is the reigning champion.
When is the draw for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia?
The Rome draw will be made on Friday 6 May at 6:30 p.m.
What is the schedule for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia ATP Masters 1000 event?
* Qualifying: Saturday, 7 May at 10:00 a.m, Sunday, 8 May at 11:00 a.m.
* Main Draw: Sunday, 8 May – Sunday, 15 May at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
* Doubles Final: TBC
* Singles Final: TBC
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What is the prize money and points for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia?
The prize money for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia is €5,415,410 and the Total Financial Commitment is €6,008,275.
Winner: €836,355 / 1,000 points
Finalist: €456,720 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: €249,740/ 360 points
Quarter-finalist: €136,225 / 180 points
Round of 16: €72,865 / 90 points
Round of 32: €39,070 / 45 points
Round of 56: €21,650 / 10 points
DOUBLES (€ per team)
Winner: €252,980 / 1,000 points
Finalist: €135,180/ 600 points
Semi-finalist: €72,800 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: €40,570 / 180 points
Round of 16: €21,830 / 90 points
Round of 32: €11,580 / 0 points
How can I watch the Internazionali BNL d’Italia?
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Nadal Fights Past Djokovic For Record-Extending 10th Rome Crown
Who won the last edition of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in 2021?
Rafael Nadal won the 2021 Internazionali BNL d’Italia singles title with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory against Novak Djokovic in the championship match (Read & Watch). Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic lifted the doubles trophy in Rome with a 6-4, 7-6(4) triumph against Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the final (Read More).
Who holds the Rome record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?
Most Titles, Singles: Rafael Nadal (10)
Most Titles, Doubles: Brian Gottfried, Raul Ramirez, Daniel Nestor, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan (4)
Oldest Champion: Rafael Nadal, 34, in 2021
Youngest Champion: Bjorn Borg, 17, in 1974
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Ivan Lendl in 1986, 1988, Jim Courier in 1992, Pete Sampras in 1994, Rafael Nadal in 2009, Novak Djokovic in 2015, 2020
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 47 Felix Mantilla in 2003
Last Home Champion: Adriano Panatta in 1976
Most Match Wins: Rafael Nadal (68)
View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown
Rafa Defends Crown: A mid-match surge from Djokovic was not enough to deny Nadal a 10th crown with a three-set win in the 2021 championship match, as the Spaniard extended his all-time record for most titles and most match wins (68) at the event in the process. Despite a rib injury suffered in March disrupting his most successful start to a season in 2022, the 35-year-old’s unrivalled record at the Foro Italico makes him the man to beat in Rome.
Novak Shoots For Six: Djokovic may have suffered disappointment at the final hurdle last year but the World No. 1 is a five-time champion himself in the Italian capital. The Serbian looks to have turned his slow start to 2022 around with a run to the final of his home tournament in Belgrade in April and will be aiming to improve an outstanding 59-10 match record at the fifth Masters 1000 event of the season.
Alcaraz To Make Debut: The red-hot 19-year-old has hit milestone after milestone in 2022. The Spaniard notched a maiden ATP 500 title in Rio de Janeiro in February and a first Masters 1000 crown in Miami in March, with another trophy in Barcelona also helping to push him into the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time on 25 April. Although a debutant in Rome, Alcaraz arrives in the Italian capital a fully-fledged title contender.
Sinner Leads Italian Charge: Local fans will have some strong contenders to get behind in Rome despite the absence of Italian No. 1 Matteo Berrettini, who is recovering from hand surgery. Jannik Sinner has been solid in reaching four quarter-finals in 2022 without making a semi-final, but has never been past the third round at his home tournament. Also flying the flag for Italy will be Fabio Fognini, the 2018 quarter-finalist looking to build on reaching his second semi-final of the year in Belgrade two weeks ago.
Zverev & Tsitsipas Head Chasing Pack: Alexander Zverev has plenty of fond memories from Rome to motivate him as he hunts a first title of the season. The 25-year-old won his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Foro Italico in 2017, and the big-serving German looked back in top form after a difficult start to the year on his way to the semi-finals in Monte Carlo in April. It was Tsitsipas who topped Zverev in the final four on his way to defending his title in the Principality, demonstrating the sort of form that the Greek will hope can help him improve on his 2019 run to the semi-finals in Rome.
Did You Know?
Only two men lifted the trophy in Rome between 2005 and 2015, with Nadal clinching the title seven times and Djokovic four times across eleven editions of the event.