Novak Djokovic could achieve unlikely dream final in perfect Rome Open run

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 at 06:30
World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be making his return to the ATP tour at the 2024 Rome Open, which kicks off this week and is scheduled to run from May 8-19. 2024.
The Serbian has participated in only a handful of events this season, with his most recent appearance being a semifinal loss to Casper Ruud in Monte-Carlo. With Djokovic likely conserving his strength for Roland Garros and the summer Olympic Games, fans are unsure of his commitment in Rome. Nonetheless, the 24-time Grand Slam champion could see an easier path at the ATP Masters 1000 event, as rivals Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner have pulled out of the tournament due to injury.

Djokovic could face an old rival in the final

The 36-year old is the top seed in Rome, which affords him a first round bye. The second round could see him face Russian Roman Safiullin, followed by a third round clash with clay court specialist Alejandro Tabilo or rising star Jakub Mensik. The big-hitting Karen Khachanov is a potential fourth round opponent for the Serbian.
The quarterfinal could see Djokovic take on Casper Ruud, who defeated the Serbian this year in Monte-Carlo. Ben Shelton is also a potential quarterfinal opponent for the World No.1. Should he progress past the fiery American, the top seed could meet either Alexander Zverev or Bulgarian veteran Grigor Dimitrov.
Djokovic could face a host of interesting opponents in the final, with defending champion Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas as potential options. However, the most intriguing matchup would be against fellow big three member Rafael Nadal, as the Spaniard is in the opposite draw. Another final between Nadal and Djokovic is sure to be one for the ages, with Nadal likely to retire at the end of the season.

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