The Rome Masters is the 5th masters 1000 event of 2012, as well as the 3rd and final one of this years clay season. The Internazionali BNL d’Italia features the best players at the beautiful Sports Complex the Foro Italico in Rome. The event has been more than just tennis, it is a total entertainment experience featuring fine dining, high fashion and celebrity musical performances. The festive atmosphere has made it one of the most elegant stops on the ATP World Tour.
With Roger Federer Winning the Madrid Masters on the controversial blue clay – Its hard to say who has an advantage at this years Rome Masters. I can only assume Federer will be looking to continue the pace from his recent win in Madrid. With Federer telling reporters that he is taking anti-inflammatory medication during Madrid. He said briefly after the win in Madrid, “The truth is my body hurts after this tournament.” Roger Federer with his body in the condition it is, has managed to defeat his opponent Fernando Verdasco in the second round (May, 15th) of play in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. (6,3 | 7,6)
Serena Williams is considered to be a favored to win the Rome Masters and having most of the chances to return back to the top five. 30-year-old Serena has been seeded as No. 9th seed at Rome Masters, where she will face tough challenge against best players on the tour Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova. After her win at the Mutua Madrid Open we will surely see how she measures up against her opponents on the Roman red clay.
For this year we can only hope that we see a final round worthy to the match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in last years Rome Masters.
With Novak Djokovic being the defending champion its hard to say who has the best chance at winning Internazionali BNL d’Italia but lets take a look at what Novak had to say about his return to the city of Rome. In an interview for TennisTV.com Novak Djokovic mentions his comfort for the clay court in Rome by saying “After a strange week in madrid on the blue clay that I did not like very much. I am back in Rome where I feel comfortable, it feels like home.” Djokovic goes on to say that he is expecting some great serves and long rallies for this years Masters in Rome. (for the video @ tennis tv click here)