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ATP Rome - Novak Djokovic starts 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia campaign and faces tough draw

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Novak Djokovic heads to Rome this week after landing yet another tough draw for the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Djokovic was fairly unlucky with his draw at the Madrid Masters, and it resulted in a second round exit for the world No. 1. This week, he won't have been best pleased to see that he's seeded to face in-form Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the ATP Rome.

Not only did Wawrinka push Djokovic to five sets in the best match of the Australian Open, but he's lit up the tennis world over the past fortnight and is now back in the world's top ten.

If Djokovic, who faces Albert Montanes in his opener on Tuesday, gets to the semi-finals this week, he could face Madrid champion Rafael Nadal, who has a rosier route. Nadal could play David Ferrer in the quarter-finals again and although he's never lost to his friend on clay, he'll be weary after coming within a couple of points of defeat against the world No. 4 last week.

Roger Federer hasn't reached the Rome final since 2006, but after last week's demoralising third round defeat to Kei Nishikori he'll be hoping for a big week. However, the Swiss has a tough draw with Tommy Haas likely to await in round three. 

Grigor Dimitrov came of age last week with his stunning win over Djokovic, but he'll have to perform similar heroics if he wants to reach the latter stages this week as he's up against Richard Gasquet in round two.

As for Andy Murray, he can't complain too much about his draw, but he could face Nishikori in the last sixteen and then Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals.
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ATP Rome - Novak Djokovic starts 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia campaign and faces tough draw

Novak Djokovic heads to Rome this week after landing yet another tough draw for the 2013 Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

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