Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy, ATP Masters 1000

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  1. Moxie

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    DATE: May 8 - May 15, 2016
    SURFACE: Clay
    PRIZE MONEY: €3,748,925
    FIELD SIZE: 56
    DEFENDING CHAMPION: Novak Djokovic

    Seeds:

    1. DJOKOVIC, Novak
    2. MURRAY, Andy
    3. FEDERER, Roger
    4. WAWRINKA, Stan
    5. NADAL, Rafael
    6. NISHIKORI, Kei
    7. TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried
    8. BERDYCH, Tomas
    9. FERRER, David
    10. RAONIC, Milos
    11. GASQUET, Richard
    12. GOFFIN, David
    13. THIEM, Dominic
    14. MONFILS, Gael
    15. BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto
    16. ANDERSON, Kevin

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    Internazionali di tennis
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    The Tournament:

    The Internazionali BNL d'Italia is widely considered the second most prestigious clay event after Roland Garros and the Premier tournament's roll of champions includes all time greats such as Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Guillermo Vilas, Adriano Pennetta and Novak Djokovic.

    Foro Italico in northern Rome, in 1935, where it has stayed for all but three years since. The tennis complex has 11 courts, including the 10,400-seater Centre Court.

    The Players:

    Four time winner, defending champion and World #1 Novak Djokovic heads a loaded field including seven time champ Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

    Djokovic and fifth seeded Nadal are scheduled to meet in a mouth watering Quarter Final clash.

    The loaded top half of the draw includes third seed Roger Federer who returns from injury. Rome and Monte Carlo are the two Masters titles Federer has never won.

    Andy Murray holds up the bottom half the draw... a seemingly less dangerous path to the business end of the competition.



    About Rome:

    Rome is the Eternal City, at once a great modern metropolis, and a living museum of 2000+ years of history. Its skyline includes the Colosseum, and St. Peter's Basilica. The best way to take it in, however, is by specific "bites." A great afternoon in Rome should include a prosecco in the Piazza del Pantheon, just taking in the centuries crashing against each other, and allowing time to contemplate that magnificent example of ancient architecture. Don't bother with the tour of the Forum, when you can overlook it from the Capitoline Hill. Look left from there, and you can see where Peter was held in chains. If you go in summer, there is opera at the Baths of Caracalla, free music in many churches, and open-air cinema. Rome is a vibrant city. You'll never see everything. The best thing to do is to accept La Dolce Vita romana, and let it wash over you.

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    Tourism Guide:

     
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    Past Winners of the Rome Masters aka The Italian Open

    Year Champion Runner-up Score in Final
    1930 United States Bill Tilden Italy Umberto de Morpurgo 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
    1931 United Kingdom George Patrick Hughes France Henri Cochet 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
    1932 France André Merlin United Kingdom George Patrick Hughes 6–1, 5–7, 6–0, 8–6
    1933 Italy Emanuele Sartorio France André Martin-Legeay 6–3, 6–1, 6–3
    1934 Italy Giovanni Palmieri Italy Giorgio de Stefani 6–3, 6–0, 7–5
    1935 United States Wilmer Hines Italy Giovanni Palmieri 6–3, 10–8, 9–7
    1936–1949 Not held
    1950 Egypt Jaroslav Drobný United States William Talbert 6–4, 6–3, 7–9, 6–2
    1951 Egypt Jaroslav Drobný Italy Gianni Cucelli 6–1, 10–8, 6–0
    1952 Australia Frank Sedgman Egypt Jaroslav Drobný 7–5, 6–3, 1–6, 6–4
    1953 Egypt Jaroslav Drobný Australia Lew Hoad 6–2, 6–1, 6–2
    1954 United States Budge Patty Argentina Enrique Morea 11–9, 6–4, 6–4
    1955 Italy Fausto Gardini Italy Giuseppe Merlo 1–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–6 (retired)
    1956 Australia Lew Hoad Sweden Sven Davidson 7–5, 6–2, 6–0
    1957 Italy Nicola Pietrangeli Italy Giuseppe Merlo 8–6, 6–2, 6–4
    1958 Australia Mervyn Rose Italy Nicola Pietrangeli 5–7, 8–6, 6–4, 1–6, 6–2
    1959 Chile Luis Ayala Australia Neale Fraser 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3
    1960 United States Barry MacKay Chile Luis Ayala 7–5, 7–5, 0–6, 0–6, 6–1
    1961 Italy Nicola Pietrangeli Australia Rod Laver 6–8, 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
    1962 Australia Rod Laver Australia Roy Emerson 6–2, 1–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
    1963 Australia Marty Mulligan Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boro Jovanović 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 8–6
    1964 Sweden Jan-Erik Lundquist Australia Fred Stolle 1–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–1
    1965 Australia Marty Mulligan Spain Manuel Santana 1–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–1
    1966 Australia Tony Roche Italy Nicola Pietrangeli 11–9, 6–1, 6–3
    1967 Australia Marty Mulligan Australia Tony Roche 6–3, 0–6, 6–4, 6–1
    1968 Netherlands Tom Okker South Africa Bob Hewitt 10–8, 6–8, 6–1, 1–6, 6–0
    1969 Australia John Newcombe Australia Tony Roche 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
    1970 Romania Ilie Năstase Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 6–3, 1–6, 6–3, 8–6
    1971 Australia Rod Laver Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 7–5, 6–3, 6–3
    1972 Spain Manuel Orantes Czechoslovakia Jan Kodeš 4–6, 6–1, 7–5, 6–2
    1973 Romania Ilie Năstase Spain Manuel Orantes 6–1, 6–1, 6–1
    1974 Sweden Björn Borg Romania Ilie Năstase 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
    1975 Mexico Raúl Ramírez Spain Manuel Orantes 7–6, 7–5, 7–5
    1976 Italy Adriano Panatta Argentina Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
    1977 United States Vitas Gerulaitis Italy Antonio Zugarelli 6–2, 7–6, 3–6, 7–6
    1978 Sweden Björn Borg Italy Adriano Panatta 1–6, 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
    1979 United States Vitas Gerulaitis Argentina Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2
    1980 Argentina Guillermo Vilas France Yannick Noah 6–0, 6–4, 6–4
    1981 Argentina José Luis Clerc Paraguay Víctor Pecci 6–3, 6–4, 6–0
    1982 Ecuador Andrés Gómez United States Eliot Teltscher 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
    1983 United States Jimmy Arias Spain José Higueras 6–2, 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
    1984 Ecuador Andrés Gómez United States Aaron Krickstein 2–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
    1985 France Yannick Noah Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6
    1986 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl Spain Emilio Sánchez 7–5, 4–6, 6–1, 6–1
    1987 Sweden Mats Wilander Argentina Martín Jaite 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
    1988 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl Argentina Guillermo Pérez-Roldán 2–6, 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
    1989 Argentina Alberto Mancini United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 4–6, 2–6, 7–6, 6–1
    1990 Austria Thomas Muster Soviet Union Andrei Chesnokov 6–1, 6–3, 6–1
    1991 Spain Emilio Sánchez Argentina Alberto Mancini 6–3, 6–1, 3–0 (retired)
    1992 United States Jim Courier Spain Carlos Costa 7–6, 6–0, 6–4
    1993 United States Jim Courier Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
    1994 United States Pete Sampras Germany Boris Becker 6–1, 6–2, 6–2
    1995 Austria Thomas Muster Spain Sergi Bruguera 3–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 6–3
    1996 Austria Thomas Muster Netherlands Richard Krajicek 6–2, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
    1997 Spain Àlex Corretja Chile Marcelo Ríos 7–5, 7–5, 6–3
    1998 Chile Marcelo Ríos Spain Albert Costa walkover
    1999 Brazil Gustavo Kuerten Australia Patrick Rafter 6–4, 7–5, 7–6(8–6)
    2000 Sweden Magnus Norman Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
    2001 Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero Brazil Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 6–1, 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
    2002 United States Andre Agassi Germany Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–3, 6–0
    2003 Spain Félix Mantilla Switzerland Roger Federer 7–5, 6–2, 7–6(10–8)
    2004 Spain Carlos Moyà Argentina David Nalbandian 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
    2005 Spain Rafael Nadal Argentina Guillermo Coria 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
    2006 Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 6–7(0–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
    2007 Spain Rafael Nadal Chile Fernando González 6–2, 6–2
    2008 Serbia Novak Djokovic Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
    2009 Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic 7–6(7–2), 6–2
    2010 Spain Rafael Nadal Spain David Ferrer 7–5, 6–2
    2011 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–4
    2012 Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic 7–5, 6–3
    2013 Spain Rafael Nadal Switzerland Roger Federer 6–1, 6–3
    2014 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal 4–6, 6–3, 6–3
    2015 Serbia Novak Djokovic Switzerland Roger Federer 6–4, 6–3
     
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    Recent Finals 2005-2015

    2005
    Nadal bt Coria 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)



    2006
    Nadal bt Federer 6–7(0–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–5)



    2007
    Nadal bt González 6–2, 6–2



    2008
    Djokovic bt Wawrinka 4–6, 6–3, 6–3



    2009
    Nadal bt Djokovic 7–6(7–2), 6–2



    2010
    Nadal bt Ferrer 7–5, 6–2



    2011
    Djokovic bt Nadal 6–4, 6–4



    2012
    Nadal bt Djokovic 7–5, 6–3



    2013
    Nadal bt Federer 6–1, 6–3



    2014
    Djokovic bt Nadal 4–6, 6–3, 6–3



    2015
    Djokovic bt Federer 6–4, 6–3

     
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    The Draw for Rome 2016

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    The top half of the draw is LOADED.

    Novak and Rafa scheduled to meet in the Quarters... Fed also in that half. Andy Murray has a decent draw in the bottom section.
     
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    Murray almost has a virtual bye up to a potential QF against Berdych.
    He is a combined 23-3 against ALL players in the quarter other than Berdych and never lost on clay to any, only on medium-fast hc.
    He is 2-1 vs Coric (lost in Dubai 2015 hc), 7-1 vs Chardy (lost in Cincinnati 2012 hc), and 6-1 to Querrey (lost in Los Angeles 2010 hc)

    It gets more difficult from there.
    Murray is 8-6 vs. Berdych and 1-3 on clay (Murray's first win was yesterday in Madrid).
    They've never met in Rome (on court).

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    Let's see if Federer plays or nurses his sore back a little longer.

    Federer potential draw in Rome:

    1R – BYE
    2R – Dimitrov / A.Zverev
    3R – Thiem
    QF – Nishikori
    SF – Djokovic / Nadal
    F – Murray

    No easy matches.

    I think he'll play Roland Garros as per originally scheduled, but the season really starts for him in Stuttgart on grass.

    Respectfully,
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    Yep, I wonder if Fed will nurse his sore back a little longer after seeing what lurks in the Rome cauldron for him :)
     
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    I don't like the potential (inevitable?) QF meeting of Nadal v. Djokovic. :(
     
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    It's horror draw for big 3. The draw is what they call top heavy.
     
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    Yep, just a little!

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    I would prefer a top heavy draw like that vs. a bottom heavy one like this:
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    But ideally, one thinks that most would prefer something fairly proportional:


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    But even the ideal draw has been known not to work out...

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    And afterwards, even the best at draw predictions are left saying:


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    As Roger Federer once said: "A draw is a draw. You guys debate it, I play in it."

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    So as the late David Bowie sung in the Australian outback,
    Let's Dance



    Respectfully,
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    :lulz1: Lol, hilarious.
     
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    We might be a unique tennis board in how we depict draws. :laugh:
     
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    This likely quarterfinal will be quite possibly the most important match of the year outside of a Slam. If Djokovic wins it, then he is in the driver's seat at the French, having the dominant edge in recent H2H match-ups with Nadal and the win in the quarterfinal last year under his belt. On the other hand, if Nadal pulls it out, then he might plant seeds of doubt in Djokovic at the French if they match up again.

    I don't think there will be a more important MS match this year than this QF if it happens.....
     
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    This image is deeply sexist. It portrays women as little more than breast-wielders. Women actually have goals and careers. You should find an image of a woman with a huge brain and a math textbook in front of her to off-set the sexism of this tasteless image.
     
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    Stepanek took out Taylor Fritz for the second consecutive tournament in the Qualifiers but then when onto lose to Volandri in the second round Quals.
     
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    First Round Proper - Early Results

    (12) David Goffin DEFEATS Leonardo Mayer 2/6 7/6(8) 6/3
    (16) Kevin Anderson DEFEATS Feliciano Lopez 6/4 7/6(5)
    Juan Monaco DEFEATS Steve Johnson 6/4 6/4
    Benoit Paire DEFEATS Bernard Tomic 1/2 (RET)
    Albert Ramos-Vinolas DEFEATS Sam Querrey 6/4 6/4
    Viktor Troicki DEFEATS Teymuraz Gabashvili 6/4 6/1

    Tomic continued his dismal run with a retirement 8 minutes into the match.
     
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    Federer needs to start racking up some points. He is #14 in the race right now. I was surprised to see who's #2...
     
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