There hasn’t been much break in the world of tennis as some players are already playing in Rome straight after the US Open. Djokovic can comeback after his strange exit from the Grand Slam, while Nadal returns to competing in the event. In the ATP Rome betting predictions they are the main favorites, but other players can cause surprise too.
This year’s Italian Open has been rescheduled from May to September, in the time between the two Grand Slam tournaments, the US Open and Roland Garros. So it gives a perfect opportunity to prepare for Paris but also another option to win in this prestigious tournament. This is the 77th edition of the event, with Rafael Nadal being the defending champion. The competition is played on clay, so no wonder the Spanish star has been doing great here and has won it a record 9 times.
ATP Rome betting predictions favor Nadal to win the tournament
Online sportsbooks in Italy are favoring the clay specialist, Rafael Nadal to win with the odds of 1.61. As we mentioned it is one of his favorite tournaments where he is a regular winner. But this season Nadal hasn’t played much, his last game was 200 days ago, in the final of the Mexican Open in Acapulco where he beat American Taylor Fritz. In the Australian Open he got to the quarter-finals where he lost against recent US Open winner Dominic Thiem. Nadal is still No2 in the world ranking but it will be interesting to see his form after this long break.
As usual, his biggest rival is world No1 Novak Djokovic, who has the odds of 2.87 in the ATP Rome betting predictions. Surely everyone has heard of his strange exit from the US Open and his disqualification from the tournament following he accidentally hit a line judge with a ball. Now the Serb has the chance to return to winning and let everyone forget this stupid incident. Djoko has also won in Rome four times before, last time in 2015. Apart from this fiasco in New York, he has been having a good season so far. He won the ATP Cup with Serbia in January then defended his Australian Open title. After the break he continued where he left and won the first ATP Tour, the Western and Southern Open.
A local favorite and predictions for the next games
A local favorite, Matteo Berrettini has been also mentioned as a player who can go all along the way by online gambling sites in Italy. The young Italian is currently in 8th place on the world ranking. He achieved this place in 2019 after getting to the semi-finals of last year’s US Open. In this season’s tournament he lost against Andrey Rublev in the fourth round. But he started well in Rome after defeating Argentine Federico Coria in the previous round.
Now he faces another Italian, Stefano Travaglia in the last 16. He has the odds of 1.30 on bet365 to win the game. While Nadal plays against Serb world No25 Dusan Lajovic in the third round. This should be an easy game for the Spanish according to the odds. Djokovic is predicted to win easily as well against his compatriot Filip Krajinovic. Both stars are fighting for their 36th Masters 1000 title. We will see if any of them can get it in this event.