We’re into the second week, and the Round of 16 at the BNL d’Italia, or Italian Open, and there have been plenty of intriguing storylines. Players are looking to gain momentum in the clay court tournament before the upcoming French Open, which begins May 28 in Paris.
Let’s take a look at the updated ATP odds for the 2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia and some of the second-round odds at MyBookie.
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2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia
When: May 9-21, 2023
Category: ATP Tour Masters 1000 | WTA 1000
Where: Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
Surface: Clay / outdoor
Fabian Marozsan Upsets Carlos Alcaraz
The biggest shock of the tournament, and perhaps the tennis season thus far, belongs to Fabian Marozsan, who upset 2022 US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 7-6 (4), on Monday in the Round of 32.
You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of Marozsan, as he had never won an ATP match before the Italian Open. The world No. 135 earned entry into the tournament via qualifying and beat No. 67 Corentin Moutet in the Round of 64.
Marozsan won a clay court ATP Challenger event in March but had also lost five of his last six matches before the Italian Open. Alcaraz, meanwhile, was 30-2 this season heading into Monday’s match. Marozsan is the lowest-ranked player to score a victory over Alcaraz in almost two years.
"I just didn’t feel comfortable," Alcaraz said after the match. "He made me feel uncomfortable on court. He was aggressive all the time. He was playing inside the baseline all the time. It was tough for me to get into the match, into the rally."
Alcaraz will still reclaim the world No. 1 ranking from Djokovic after the Italian Open and may benefit from the added rest heading into the French Open.
Other Next-Gen Players in Fine Form
Alcaraz is the lone young star to be ousted from the Italian Open. His peers, who represent the next generation of tennis, have all advanced either through the Round of 32 or Round of 16.
Alexander Zverev, a semifinalist at last year’s French Open, is due to conclude his Round of 32 match today against American J.J. Wolf. He leads 6-4, 3-3. Casper Ruud is playing Laslo Djere in the Round of 16 today, and Holger Rune was ahead of Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 5-6 in his Round of 16 match. Jannik Sinner is also through to the Round of 16.
Ruud could potentially meet Sinner in the quarter-finals, while Alcaraz’s early exit opens the door wide open for someone like Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the finals.
Tsitsipas was up 6-3 after one set in his Round of 32 match against Lorenzo Sonego. Others on that side of the draw include Frances Tiafoe, Lorenzo Musetti, and Borna Coric.
Djokovic, in search of a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam victory at the French Open in two weeks, is looking in fine form on clay in Rome. He’s the first player through to the quarter-finals after a 6-3, 6-4 win over Cameron Norrie early Tuesday morning. Djokovic beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the Round of 32 and Tomas Etcheverry 7-6, 6-2 in the Round of 64.
As the top seed in the tournament, Djokovic had a bye through the first round and will play the winner of Rune and Popyrin in the quarter-finals. He could match up against Ruud or Sinner in the semifinals.
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