ATP Rome - Can Rafael Nadal win his seventh Internazionali BNL d'Italia title?

Rafael Nadal (credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/GettyImages)
Rafael Nadal heads to the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia looking to win his seventh title in Rome.

Nadal is the defending champion at this year's ATP Rome, and he'll have every intention of keeping hold of the title that he wrestled back from Novak Djokovic in 2012.

The Spaniard has already won the Internazionali BNL d'Italia title on six occasions, and his 36-2 record in Rome eclipses that of anyone else in the field.

There are lots of reasons why Rafa can win the title again - just look at how he's performed since returning from his knee injury. He recorded one suspect loss against Horacio Zeballos in the Vina Del Mar final, but that was only shortly after he returned to competitive action. He's reached the final in all six of the tournaments that he's entered to date in 2013, and that surely counts for something.

To add to this, the knee injury hasn't threatened to come back. Even when forced into back-to-back matches in Barcelona recently, Rafa seemed fitter than the rest of the opposition and raced through his second match, making Albert Ramos look distinctly mediocre.

What Nadal will need to look out for is the competition, and in particular, Djokovic. Still, besides Nole the competition isn't necessarily going to slow him down. Andy Murray misfired in Monte-Carlo and might not be capable of the best-ever clay court season that he's vowed to have in 2013. As for Federer, he's been off the tour for two-months, and in a very minor way is an unknown quantity in the main draw. Judging by recent and past form though, he won't be able to dethrone Rafa.

Djokovic, on the other hand, proved to be the one man capable of beating Rafa this season at the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal had held a stranglehold on the title, but this only seemed to bring out the best in Novak. Given Rafa's history in Rome, we can expect Djokovic to have him in his sights from day one.


All Tennis News

Recent Tennis Articles

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the first singles rubber on Day Three at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Roger Federer eyes improvement ahead of final day of the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer expects to improve as the match progresses, having suffered a heavy defeat on day one of the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday....

  • France vs. Switzerland doubles - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gasquet/Benneteau vs. Chiudinelli/Lammer takes place this afternoon in the doubles at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Gael Monfils vs. Roger Federer takes place this afternoon in the second singles rubber at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Stan Wawrinka - Live Stream and Davis Cup Final Match Preview

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Stan Wawrinka takes place this afternoon in the first singles rubber at the Davis Cup Final between France and Switzerland....

  • World number two Roger Federer fit to play in Davis Cup final

    World number two Roger Federer has been passed fit to play for Switzerland in this weekend's Davis Cup final showdown against France....

  • France vs. Switzerland - Davis Cup Final 2014 preview

    France will have home advantage when they take on Switzerland in the 2014 Davis Cup Final at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille (November 21st to 23rd)....

  • Rafael Nadal determined 'to be competitive in January'

    Having suffered a number of injury setbacks during 2014, Rafael Nadal is determined to be fully fit for the Australian Open at the start of next year....

  • Roger Federer news - Swiss a doubt for Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer has revealed he is still uncertain over whether he will be fit enough to feature for Switzerland in their Davis Cup final against France this weekend....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Man Utd to ditch Van Persie? Cech to Arsenal FC? Kramaric to Chelsea FC? Sunday's transfer round-up

    Sunday's round up of the top transfer stories from the past 24 hours......

  • Liverpool FC unlikely to get Divock Origi in January

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not expect Divock Origi to end his loan spell with Lille in January....

  • Brisbane Roar sack Mike Mulvey

    Brisbane Roar have sacked coach Mike Mulvey....

  • Thierry Henry could return to Arsenal FC

    Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry could return to the club in a coaching capacity at some point in the future....

  • Jurgen Klopp hints at Premier League move

    Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has dropped a strong hint that he would be interested in a move to the Premier League in the future....

  • Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool FC to look at 'underlying issue' with Daniel Sturridge

    Brendan Rodgers has said he is keen to establish if there is an "underlying issue somewhere" with Daniel Sturridge's ongoing thigh injury....

  • Carlo Ancelotti says Arsenal FC target Sami Khedira has Real Madrid CF future

    Reported Arsenal target Sami Khedira has a future at Real Madrid beyond this season, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti....

  • AC Milan vs. Inter Milan - Live Stream and Serie A Match Preview

    Milan vs. Inter takes place tonight in Serie A....

  • Man Utd told to win next two home games then consider Champions League return

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has called on his side to win their next two home games and then start thinking about a return to the Champions League....

More Stories

Latest News



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

ATP Rome - Can Rafael Nadal win his seventh Internazionali BNL d'Italia title?

Rafael Nadal heads to the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia looking to win his seventh title in Rome.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?