Italian Open Betting Tips and Predictions, as the world’s top players gather for the final clay-court Masters event of the season. The Italian Open, also known as the Rome Masters, takes place between May 12th and May 19th, and this year will be the 76th edition of the tournament that was founded back in 1930. The Italian Open is held in the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy, and it’s an outdoor clay-court event that is a part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series. The tournament features a 56-man field competing for a prize pot in excess of £4.5 million, with the winner receiving approximately £825,000 of that fund. Spaniard Rafael Nadal is the defending champion this year, after he defeated Alexander Zverev in a three-set final twelve months ago. In what will be the final clay-court event for many before the French Open, who will be better than the rest in Rome to win the 2019 Italian Open?
The Italian Open has been a tournament dominated by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic since 2005, and its Rafael Nadal who holds the record for most Italian Open titles won, with the Spaniard having been victorious here on eight occasions. The first of those was back in 2005, while he most recently lifted this title twelve months ago. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is a former four-time champion here, with his most recent success being back in 2015. Alexander Zverev is the only other former champion in this year’s field, as the German ace won his maiden Masters title here back in 2017. Meanwhile, Adriano Panatta was the last Italian male single’s player to win this title on home soil, as he achieved the feat way back in 1976. Will Nadal’s and Djokovic’s dominance here continue in 2019, or will we see a new champion come through the field?
Last 5 Champions
2018 – Rafael Nadal
2017 – Alexander Zverev
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
This year’s field is shaping up to be extremely strong, although there are a few players to have withdrawn this week. Trio Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Milos Raonic continue to all be missing from action, although they’re all expected to return in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, 2016 champion Andy Murray is recovering from a surgery that he hopes will have saved his career, and so we all hope to see him here next season.
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Kevin Anderson (8)
John Isner (12)
Milos Raonic (17)
World number one Novak Djokovic will be looking to win a fifth title here this week, as he looks to continue to improving his levels ahead of the upcoming French Open. The Serbian ace began the year in fantastic form, as he won his 15th grand slam title at the Australian Open. Djokovic’s levels dropped after that victory, as he suffered a string of disappointing defeats at his next few tournaments. Despite this, Djokovic returned to close to his best this past week, and he currently finds himself in the final of the Madrid Masters. The top seed could be coming here on the back of winning his 33rd Masters title, a joint-record along with Rafael Nadal, and if he does he’ll have the opportunity of winning a record-breaking 34th Masters title this week. Djokovic, who has never been beaten prior to the quarter-final stage here, has also reached at least the final in four of his last five appearances here. Will Novak Djokovic hold the record for most Masters titles won by the culmination of this tournament?
Defending champion Rafael Nadal will once again be the favourite to win a clay-court event, but he’s still yet to get over the winning line at a tournament this season. The world number two has been beaten at the semi-final stage at all three of his clay-court tournaments this season, and so he might have a slight mental block right now. Despite yet another disappointing semi-final defeat for Nadal, the Spaniard is improving tournament on tournament, and he’ll be hoping to peak once the French Open rolls around in a couple of weeks’ time. The eight-time champion will be looking to finally win a first title of the season this week, but will he be mentally strong enough to get over the line and head into Roland Garros with added confidence?
Dominic Thiem is in great form right now, and no one’s going to want to play the Austrian. The world number five won his maiden Masters title in Indian Wells back in March, while he also won the Barcelona Open a few weeks ago. Thiem reached the semi-finals in Madrid this past week, and so he’s coming here on the back of winning eight of his last nine matches. The twenty-five-year-old reached the semi-finals here back in 2017, and so he’s experienced a good run here in the past. Dominic Thiem is one of the men to beat this week, but how much will he have left in the tank after a gruelling few weeks of tennis?
Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his amazing season this past week, as he reached the Madrid Masters final. The twenty-year-old will be taking on Novak Djokovic in that final, and so he could be coming here on the back of winning a maiden Masters title. It’s been a great season thus far for the Greek ace, and it began by reaching his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Tsitsipas has also won two titles this season, at the Open 13 and Estoril Open, while he has a 27-9 record in 2019, prior to the Madrid final. The Next Gen champion is establishing himself as one the world’s very best players, and he’s going to be coming here full of confidence and with tonnes of momentum. Can Tsitsipas reach a third successive final in 2019?
Roger Federer made an impressive return to a clay-court in Madrid, and he’ll definitely be confident of going all the way this week. The Swiss ace reached the quarter-finals in Madrid, and he even had multiple match points to beat Dominc Thiem in that quarter-final. Federer has been in fantastic form all season, holding a 20-3 record thus far in 2019. That includes winning his 100th career ATP title in Dubai, while he also won the Miami Masters back in March. However, this has historically been Federer’s worst Masters event when it comes to win-rate, as he holds just a 67% win-rate at this event. This is also one of only two Masters events Federer has never won, and so he’ll be hoping to finally get his name on this trophy this year. Will Roger Federer continue his fantastic season by winning a maiden Rome Masters title?
Japanese ace Kei Nishikori could have a potentially tricky opening match this week against Argentine Guido Pella, assuming the Argentine ace comes through his first round match against a qualifier. Pella has been in fantastic form on the clay this season, with his best performance being his title winning run in Sao Paulo. The Argentine ace also reached the Cordoba Open final, while he’s reached three quarter-finals in his four European clay-court events thus far. Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori has also been in good form this season, including reaching the semi-finals in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago. The Japanese ace also has a decent record here, with his best run being a semi-final appearance in 2016, while he’s reached at least the quarter-final stage in three of his last four appearances here. Will either of these enjoy a good run here?
Daniil Medvedev has played some great tennis this year, and he’s coming here in great form. Despite losing his opening match at the Madrid Masters, Medvedev is 8-3 on the clay this season, while he’s also 24-9 in all this year. The Russian won the Sofia Open back in February while he’s also reached a couple of other finals this season, including at the Barcelona Open a few weeks ago. Medvedev was beaten in the first round here last year, and so he’s never won a match at this tournament. Daniil Medvedev is establishing himself as one the world’s best players, but will he be able to win the biggest title of his career this week?
Alexander Zverev played some better tennis this past week in Madrid, but he’s still playing far from his best. Zverev won this title back in 2017 and so he has a good record here, while he also reached the final last season. The German ace holds an 85% win-rate here overall, an 11-2 record, and so there’s no better place for him to turn his form around than at this event. The twenty-two-year-old in 4-4 on the clay this year, and so he’s struggled to pick up successive wins in recent weeks. Alexander Zverev is one of the best players in the world, but will he be able to turn his form around here in Rome?
Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka had a good week in Madrid last time out, and he’ll be looking to continue gaining momentum this week. The three-time grand slam champion reached the quarter-finals in Madrid, before coming up against a red-hot Rafael Nadal, while he’s also reached the Rotterdam Open final this season. The Swiss ace also has a good record here, having reached the final here back in 2008, while he also reached the semi-finals back in 2015. The 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters champion will be a threat this week, but is he playing well enough to win a title for the first time in nearly two years?
Croatian duo Borna Coric and Marin Cilic will both be looking to win a first Rome Masters title this week, and both are more than capable of doing so. Marin Cilic rediscovered some form this past week, as he finally reached a first quarter-final of the season. However, he was forced to pull out before that match due to food poisoning, and so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back this week. The Croatian ace did reach the semi-finals last season, and so he’ll be confident of another good run this week. Meanwhile, Borna Coric will be looking to pick up his first ever victory here, as he looks to continue his solid start to the year. The twenty-two-year-old has reached at least the quarter-final stage at four of his last six tournaments, including two on a clay-court. Will either of these two head into Roland Garros full of momentum?
Juan Martin del Potro will continue his recent return from injury this week, as he looks to come through the week without aggravating any injuries. The Argentine ace made his return from injury this past week in Madrid, and while he was beaten in his opening match, he came through it unscathed and will have been pleased. Delpo will be looking for more of the same this week, while looking to also pick up a few wins. The former US Open champion has reached a couple of quarter-finals here in the past, most recently in 2017, and so he’s had some good runs here in the past. Will del Potro pick up a first win since returning from injury this week?
Gael Monfils has had an impressive season thus far, and the French ace will be looking to further that this week. Monfils is 18-5 so far this year, with the highlight of his season being his title winning run in Rotterdam. The Frenchman also reached the third round in Madrid this past week, and he played some good tennis in pushing Roger Federer all the way in that third round match. Monfils hasn’t played here much in the past, but in his five previous appearances here he has reached a semi-final. Despite this, Monfils has been beaten in the first round on three of his previous four appearances, and so his recent record at this tournament has been pretty appalling. Gael Monfils is a huge threat this week, but can he produce another great week of tennis to win a first Masters title?
Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut has been in great form this season, and he’ll be looking to continue that here. The Spanish ace is 17-7 so far this season, which includes a title at the Qatar Open back in January. Bautista-Agut has also reached a clay-court semi-final this season, in Munich, and so he’s been playing well on all surfaces. The Spaniard has also been causing the world’s top players problems this year, as he’s picked up two victories over world number one Novak Djokovic in 2019. Despite this, Bautista-Agut doesn’t hold a great record here, with the Qatar champion having never been past the third round. Nonetheless, Bautista-Agut could be a threat this week, and with the form he’s in you wouldn’t put a good run past him.
Italian stars Fabio Fognini and Marco Cecchinato will be leading the charge of Italians looking to win this title on home soil this year. Fabio Fognini has made a great start to the European clay-court swing, which has included winning his first Masters title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. The Italian ace also enjoyed his best ever run here last season, as he reached the quarter-finals for the very time. Cecchinato, meanwhile, has also won a clay-court title this season, back at the Argentina Open, while he also reached another clay-court semi-final at the Munich Open a couple of weeks ago. These two have both shown what they can do on a clay court this week, but will either have the perfect week and head into the French Open full of confidence?
In a strong field, who will do enough to win the title and head into the French Open later this month full of confidence?
Novak Djokovic has a terrific record here, and I see him reaching a 9th final in Rome. The world number one returned to form in Madrid this past week, and so he’s coming here with momentum. The Serbian ace also tends to raise his game as the grand slam events edge closer, and he seems to be peaking at the right time, especially if he can enjoy another good run this week. Djokovic also holds a tremendous record here, being a former four-time champion, as well as having reached the final in four of his last five appearances here. Djokovic has a great draw this week, and I expect him to take advantage of that to win a 5th Rome Masters title.
The bottom half of the draw is absolutely stacked this year, and it’s had to pick someone to come through the pack. I do think the value in the bottom half is with Roger Federer, and he has a pretty good draw up to the quarter-final stage. Federer proved last week that he’s still got the game to compete with the very best on a clay-court, and he could have easily walked away with the title in Madrid. The Swiss ace has been fantastic all season, truth be told, and he’s reached several finals here in the past. It won’t be easy for Federer, but he’s playing well enough to have a good run at the title this week, and I can see him reaching his 5th final here in Rome.