First held in 1930, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, also known as the Italian Open or Rome Masters, is an ATP 1000 event held at Foro Italico.
The clay court tournament is a precursor to the French Open and has been dominated by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have won a combined 16 of the last 18 titles.
Nadal, however, won’t be competing in this year’s tournament and hopes to be ready for the French Open. Djokovic, meanwhile, has also played sparingly since winning the Australian Open, leaving the door open for the possibility of someone other than those two players winning for the irst tfime since Alexander Zverev in 2017.
Let’s take a look at the updated ATP lines for the 2023 Internazionali BNL d’Italia and some of the first-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
Carlos Alcaraz Can’t Be Stopped
Djokovic has made four consecutive finals at the Italian Open, but that could be in jeopardy if he’s in the same side of the bracket as Carlos Alcaraz – the draw will be announced on Monday night as qualifying is still ongoing.
Alcaraz, who became the youngest-ever world No. 1 after winning the 2022 US Open, is likely going to reclaim that spot this week with a strong performance. The 20-year-old Spaniard won his 10th career title last week at the Madrid Open and already has four wins in 2023 despite beginning his season a month late in February.
Seven of Alcaraz’s ten titles have come on clay, and he’s poised to add another in Italy – and perhaps another at the French Open, where he is a +125 outright favorite.
He was forced to withdraw from last year’s Italian Open and should be extra motivated to win this year.
Others Who Should Be in Contention
It’s hard to see anyone other than Alcaraz or Djokovic winning in Rome, but stranger things have happened. If you’re looking for a good value longshot bet outside of those two players, there are certainly worse options than Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Casper Ruud.
Tsitsipas was a finalist at the Italian Open in 2022 and is having another strong season. He also reached the finals of the 2023 Australian Open and is 9-3 in his last 12 matches.
It hasn’t been a good season for Auger-Aliassime – he’s 1-2 in his last three matches and has battled nagging injuries – but he’s a strong clay court player who has shown the ability to hang with Alcaraz in the past.
A return to the clay courts in Rome, where he was a quarter-finalist in 2022, could be what he needs to get his game back on track.
Ruud, meanwhile, advanced to the final at the 2022 French Open before losing to Nadal. A strong clay court player, he was also a semifinalist at the 2022 Italian Open.
Like Auger-Aliassime, it has been a bit of a struggle for Ruud in 2023, but he should be playing well into the second week in Rome as he gears up to once again try for his first Grand Slam at the French Open later this month.
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