The champions will be crowned at the 2020 Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Monday as Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are just step away from winning the title.

While the women’s final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome will see the two highest-seeded players battle each other, it won’t be true for the men’s final. Although the first-seeded Novak Djokovic reached the final, Rafael Nadal didn’t and so the final line-up looks different for men.

However, the day will start with the women’s final. The first-seeded Simona Halep will take on no. 2 in Rome, Karolina Pliskova. It is the second final in a row for the Czech player as she triumphed in Rome the last year. For Halep the story was different, she lost already in the second round to the Pliskova’s semifinal opponent this year, Marketa Vondrousova.

However, the Romanian also knows how it feels to play final in Rome when she lost to Elina Svitolina back in 2018. But it won’t be only about the experience from previous finals this time. Both players are entering the final in a very good form and it’s very difficult to predict the winner. Although Halep leads H2H 7-4, Pliskova got the last two victories and most of the matches were played on the hardcourt.

In the men’s final, the story will be a bit different. Novak Djokovic will be facing Diego Schwartzman. The Argentinian defeated Rafael Nadal and is in a stunning form in Rome. On the other hand, Djokovic keeps showing his high-quality tennis and marched through the tournament as he usually does.

The Serbian also leads H2H 4-0 but Schwartzman already showed that this statistic doesn’t mean anything when he defeated Nadal after losing the previous 9 matches. Moreover, looking closer at the numbers, Djokovic defeated Schwartzman twice on the hardcourt Grand Slam tournament without losing a set.

On the other hand, the other two times they met, they played on the claycourt and Schwartzman always took the match to the deciding set. First, it was at the 2017 Roland Garros when the Argentinian even led 2-1 but later lost the match. Last year in Rome, Schwartzman also forced the deciding set but again failed to win the match. The Argentinians results on clay prove that he can beat the world number 1 and claim his first title of the 2020 season, however, odds are with Djokovic.

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Internazionali BNL d’Italia Rome Schedule of Play:

Monday, September 21st, 2020:


17:00 Djokovic N. (Srb) – Schwartzman D. (Arg)


14:30 Halep S. (Rou) – Pliskova Ka. (Cze)

Sunday, September 20th, 2020:

The action at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome will kick-off with the first WTA semifinal match on Sunday. The first-seeded Simona Halep will take on in-form playing Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard defeated Victoria Azarenka in the previous round and became one of the favorites to win the title in Rome this year.

Novak Djokovic will step on the court in his almost usual time this year in Rome. It will be after 14:00 when the Serbian will take on Casper Ruud who defeated Khachanov, Sonego, Cilic, and Berrettini on his way to the semifinals. On the other hand, Djokovic lost the only set in Rome to Koepfer who he defeated in three sets.

We’ll also see an all-Czech semifinal match in the women’s draw. The second-seeded Karolina Pliskova will take on Marketa Vondrousova. The higher-seeded Czech defeated Vondrousova last year in Miami and will want to continue her good statistics also in Rome.

In the last match of the day, Denis Shapovalov will take on Diego SchwartzmanThe Argentinian defeated Rafael Nadal in the previous round and became a serious threat at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The two didn’t meet before as they will fight for the final in Rome.


14:00 Djokovic N. (Srb) – Ruud C. (Nor)
19:00 Shapovalov D. (Can) – Schwartzman D. (Arg)


12:00 Halep S. (Rou) – Muguruza G. (Esp)
16:00 Vondrousova M. (Cze) – Pliskova Ka. (Cze)

Saturday, September 19th, 2020:

The quarterfinals kick off on Saturday and that means we will see the top 8 performers of the week on the courts. The level of tennis will be the highest shown so far and those matches usually entail a lot of excitement. Excitement should be sky high as we will see the two best tennis players in the world playing today. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be on the courts and while Rafa will close out the program Novak’ won’t open it.

That job falls onto Matteo Berrettini, the native Italian looking to play his first semifinal in Italy. Casper Ruud will have something to say about that as the Norwegian is looking sharp as ever on clay. Djokovic will play shortly after them against qualifying sensation Dominik Koepfer who won from upcoming start Musetti.

The 2nd part of the schedule will feature a toss up a match between Dimitrov and Shapovalov where the victory will have the opportunity to play a semifinal match against the victory of Nadal – Schwartzman. The Spaniard is looking ferocious on clay but Diego will be a proper challenge for Nadal.


12:00 Berrettini M. (Ita) – Ruud C. (Nor)

14:30 Djokovic N. (Srb) – Koepfer D. (Ger)

18:00 Shapovalov D. (Can) – Dimitrov G. (Bul)

20:30 Schwartzman D. (Arg) – Nadal R. (Esp)


12:00 Halep S. (Rou) – Putintseva Y. (Kaz)

14:00 Azarenka V. (Blr) – Muguruza G. (Esp)

15:30 Vondrousova M. (Cze) – Svitolina E. (Ukr)

19:00 Mertens E. (Bel) – Pliskova Ka. (Cze)

Friday, September 18th, 2020:

On Friday, we’ll get to know the first quarterfinalists from the 2020 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The first two-seeded men and women players will return to the action as they are the biggest favorites to go through. The first-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on fellow countryman Filip Krajinovic in the third-round match.

The second-seeded, Rafael Nadal will also play against a Serbian as he’ll take on Dusan Lajovic in his third-round match in Rome. In the women’s part of the draw, the first-seeded Simona Halep will meet Dayana Yastremska in the battle for the quarterfinals, and the second-seeded Karolina Pliskova will meet Ana Blinkova.


11:00 Berrettini M. (Ita) – Travaglia S. (Ita)
11:00 Dimitrov G. (Bul) – Sinner J. (Ita)
12:30 Humbert U. (Fra) – Shapovalov D. (Can)
14:00 Ruud C. (Nor) – Čilič M. (Cro)
14:30 Djokovič N. (Srb) – Krajinovič F. (Srb)
17:00 Musetti L. (Ita) – Koepfer D. (Ger)
17:00 Schwartzman D. (Arg) – Hurkacz H. (Pol)
19:00 Lajovič D. (Srb) – Nadal R. (Esp)


11:00 Blinkova A. (Rus) – Pliskova Ka. (Cze)
11:00 Kovinic D. (Mne) – Mertens E. (Bel)
12:30 Rybakina E. (Kaz) – Putintseva Y. (Kaz)
13:00 Halep S. (Rou) – Yastremska D. (Ukr)
14:00 Muguruza G. (Esp) – Konta J. (Gbr)
15:30 Azarenka V. (Blr) – Kasatkina D. (Rus)
19:00 Kuznetsova S. (Rus) – Svitolina E. (Ukr)
20:30 Hercog P. (Slo) – Vondroušová M. (Cze)

Thursday, September 17th, 2020:

The second part of the second-round matches will be played on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The day will again feature interesting names as the Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov will kick-off the day against Pedro Martinez while John Millman will be facing Diego Schwartzman.

We’ll see also Milos Raonic in action as he will be playing against Dusan Lajovic and Fabio Fognini will take on Ugo Humbert. Some of the later matches will feature a clash between Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev and Kei Nishikori, who has won his first match after a year, will take on Lorenzo Musetti in the second round.

In the women’s part of the draw, we’ll see another interesting opponent meeting Garbine Muguruza as she’ll take on Coco Gauff after defeating Sloane Stephens in the first round. Kiki Bertens will also appear on the courts in Rome as she will play against Polona Hercog. In the last women’s match of the day, 2020 US Open finalist, Victoria Azarenka will meet the 2020 Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin.


11:10 Martinez P. (Esp) – Shapovalov D. (Can)
11:10 Schwartzman D. (Arg) – Millman J. (Aus)
12:30 Raonic M. (Can) – Lajovič D. (Srb)
14:00 Fognini F. (Ita) – Humbert U. (Fra)
14:00 Hurkacz H. (Pol) – Rublev A. (Rus)
15:30 Ruud C. (Nor) – Sonego L. (Ita)
19:00 Koepfer D. (Ger) – Monfils G. (Fra)
20:30 Musetti L. (Ita) – Nishikori K. (Jpn)


11:00 Kasatkina D. (Rus) – Siniaková K. (Cze)
11:00 Kontaveit A. (Est) – Kuznetsova S. (Rus)
12:30 Muguruza G. (Esp) – Gauff C. (Usa)
12:30 Putintseva Y. (Kaz) – Martic P. (Cro)
12:30 Rus A. (Ned) – Vondroušová M. (Cze)
14:00 Begu I. (Rou) – Konta J. (Gbr)
15:30 Bertens K. (Ned) – Hercog P. (Slo)
19:00 Kenin S. (Usa) – Azarenka V. (Blr)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020:

After the first-round matches which were played on Monday and Tuesday, we’ll see the best players compete on Wednesday as the top-seeded players will join the play at the 2020 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

While the Center Court will be occupied by the first two men’s seeded players, the Pietrangeli will see matches of the first two women’s seeds. Matteo Berrettini will kick-off the day on the Center Court against Federico Coria.

Marin Cilic will start against David Goffin at the Grand Stand Arena. The first-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on Salvatore Caruso on the Center Court. Then, it will be another meeting between Victoria Azarenka and Venus Williams on the Center Court.

Also the first-seeded women’s player, Simona Halep will kick-off her Rome campaign on Wednesday. The Romanian will take on Jasmine Paolini in the first round. The second men’s seeded Rafael Nadal will face a difficult challenge as he’ll take on Pablo Carreno-Busta in the second round.


11:00 Berrettini M. (Ita) – Coria F. (Arg)
11:00 Čilič M. (Cro) – Goffin D. (Bel)
12:30 Djokovič N. (Srb) – Caruso S. (Ita)
12:30 Travaglia S. (Ita) – Čorič B. (Cro)
14:00 Sinner J. (Ita) – Tsitsipas S. (Gre)
15:30 Cecchinato M. (Ita) – Krajinovič F. (Srb)
15:30 Dimitrov G. (Bul) – Nishioka Y. (Jpn)
19:00 Carreno-Busta P. (Esp) – Nadal R. (Esp)


11:00 Bencic B. (Sui) – Kovinic D. (Mne)
11:00 Linette M. (Pol) – Mertens E. (Bel)
12:30 Bolsova Zadoinov A. (Esp) – Blinkova A. (Rus)
12:30 Halep S. (Rou) – Paolini J. (Ita)
14:00 Azarenka V. (Blr) – Williams V. (Usa)
14:00 Rybakina E. (Kaz) – Bouzková M. (Cze)
14:00 Yastremska D. (Ukr) – Anisimova A. (Usa)
19:00 Strycova B. (Cze) – Pliskova Ka. (Cze)
20:30 Pavlyuchenkova A. (Rus) – Svitolina E. (Ukr)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020:

While the men’s schedule of play on Tuesday will feature names like Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, or Stan Wawrinka. The women’s schedule will see a battle of two Grand Slam champions between Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza.

The day will begin with Russian youngster, Andrey Rublev taking on Facundo Bagnis. In the women’s part, it will be former world no, 1, Angelique Kerber who will meet Katerina Siniakova in the first round. The Australian youngster, Alex De Minaur will meet Dominik Koepfer in the first round.

Other interesting first-round matches on Tuesday include Guido Pella meeting Denis Shapovalov or Adrian Mannarino playing against other Canadian, Milos Raonic. 2015 Roland Garros champion, Stan Wawrinka will meet Lorenzo Musetti in the last match of Tuesday.

In the women’s part, Anett Kontaveit will meet Caroline Garcia, and Svetlana Kuznetsova will play against Bernarda Pera. In-form playing Ons Jabeur will be facing American youngster, Coco Gauff in the first round. Then, we’ll also see an all-Russian matchup between Daria Kasatkina and Vera Zvonareva, and the day will finish with the aforementioned match of two Grand Slam champions between Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza.


11:00 Bagnis F. (Arg) – Rublev A. (Rus)
11:00 Sousa J. (Por) – Millman J. (Aus)
11:30 Struff J-L. (Ger) – Coria F. (Arg)
12:30 Koepfer D. (Ger) – De Minaur A. (Aus)
12:30 Sandgren T. (Usa) – Caruso S. (Ita)
13:00 Davidovich Fokina A. (Esp) – Lajovic D. (Srb)
13:00 Querrey S. (Usa) – Martinez P. (Esp)
14:00 Nishioka Y. (Jpn) – Kecmanovic M. (Srb)
14:00 Pella G. (Arg) – Shapovalov D. (Can)
15:30 Raonic M. (Can) – Mannarino A. (Fra)
19:00 Cecchinato M. (Ita) – Edmund K. (Gbr)
20:30 Wawrinka S. (Sui) – Musetti L. (Ita)


11:00 Doi M. (Jpn) – Vondroušová M. (Cze)
11:00 Siniaková K. (Cze) – Kerber A. (Ger)
11:30 Swiatek I. (Pol) – Rus A. (Ned)
12:30 Cocciaretto E. (Ita) – Begu I. (Rou)
12:30 Juvan K. (Slo) – Hercog P. (Slo)
14:00 Kontaveit A. (Est) – Garcia C. (Fra)
14:00 Pera B. (Usa) – Kuznetsova S. (Rus)
14:30 Putintseva Y. (Kaz) – Peterson R. (Swe)
15:30 Jabeur O. (Tun) – Gauff C. (Usa)
15:30 Kasatkina D. (Rus) – Zvonareva V. (Rus)
19:00 Muguruza G. (Esp) – Stephens S. (Usa)

Monday, September 14th, 2020:

Although some of the qualifying matches of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia will finish on Monday, the main draw action will also start. Both ATP & WTA schedules are stacked as we’ll see Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, and many more battling on the courts in Rome.

Karen Khachanov will kick-off the day against Casper Ruud in the men’s part of the draw. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Filip Krajinovic will be another duo starting at 11:00 CET. We’ll see also Marin Cilic who will take on Alexander Bublik and Grigor Dimitrov who will play against Gianluca Mager.

Kevin Anderson, who wasn’t successful at the 2020 US Open when he lost in the first round against Alexander Zverev, will play against Ugo Humbert from France. Kei Nishikori who also didn’t succeed at the Generali Open will take on Albert Ramos in the first round.

In the women’s part of the draw, Elena Rybakina will kick-off the day against Ekaterina Alexandrova. We’ll also see matches between Anastasija Sevastova and Jasmine Paolini or another home-crowd favorite, Camila Giorgi playing against Dayana Yastremska.


11:00 Khachanov K. (Rus) – Ruud C. (Nor)
11:00 Krajinovic F. (Srb) – Auger-Aliassime F. (Can)
12:30 Cilic M. (Cro) – Bublik A. (Kaz)
12:30 Dimitrov G. (Bul) – Mager G. (Ita)
13:30 Coric B. (Cro) – Garin C. (Chi)
14:00 Evans D. (Gbr) – Hurkacz H. (Pol)
14:00 Sonego L. (Ita) – Basilashvili N. (Geo)
15:00 Anderson K. (Rsa) – Humbert U. (Fra)
15:30 Nishikori K. (Jpn) – Ramos A. (Esp)
19:00 Paire B. (Fra) – Sinner J. (Ita)
20:30 Fritz T. (Usa) – Travaglia S. (Ita)


11:00 Pavlyuchenkova A. (Rus) – Zhang S. (Chn)
11:00 Rybakina E. (Kaz) – Alexandrova E. (Rus)
12:30 Anisimova A. (Usa) – Vekic D. (Cro)
12:30 Bouzková M. (Cze) – Tomljanovic A. (Aus)
13:30 Strycova B. (Cze) – Kudermetova V. (Rus)
14:00 Linette M. (Pol) – Ostapenko J. (Lat)
14:30 Sevastova A. (Lat) – Paolini J. (Ita)
15:00 Blinkova A. (Rus) – Teichmann J. B. (Sui)
15:30 Hsieh S-W. (Tpe) – Mertens E. (Bel)
15:30 Riske A. (Usa) – Bolsova Zadoinov A. (Esp)
16:30 Goerges J. (Ger) – Kovinic D. (Mne)
19:00 Giorgi C. (Ita) – Yastremska D. (Ukr)


Author: Erik Virostko