Hubert Hurkacz met the tournament ladder in Rome. Novak Djokovic is back

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Hubert Hurkacz will be the only Polish tennis player to feature in the main ranking of the ATP Masters 1000 competition on clay in Rome. The draw took place on Monday in the Italian capital. Who can our representative contact?

For Hubert Hurkacz, this will be the fourth consecutive appearance in the main ranking of the international championships in Italy. He achieved his best result here in 2020, when he reached the 1/8 finals. At that time, 56 tennis players were playing singles. This time there will be 96, as the event in Rome is a two-week event.

Last season, “Hubi” was knocked out at Foro Italico after the first game, so he can win a lot. As the 14th seed, he received a bye to start. His opponent in the second round will be the French Quentin Halys or the American Jeffrey John Wolf.

Challenge before Hurkacz

Hurkacz went to the third quarter of the tournament ladder. If he wins the inaugural match, he will not have an easy task in the next phase. Alexander Zverev, David Goffin or Luca Nardi, rewarded with an Italian wildcard, will stand in his way. The German is the winner of the 2017 Rome contest, while the Belgian beat the Pole at Foro Italico last season.

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If Hurkacz manages to qualify for the fourth round, his opponent will be, among others, the Russian Danil Medvedev. However, if the Pole manages to reach the first quarter-final on Roman clay, his potential rival could be the Russian Andrei Rublev, the American Taylor Fritz or the Spaniard Roberto Bautista or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The biggest star in the bottom half of the tournament table, which Hurkacz went to, is of course Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard will fly to Rome directly from Madrid, where he defended his title on Sunday. Just going out for the opener will see him return to No. 1 in the ATP rankings on May 22. In his quadrant were the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, the American Frances Tiafoe, the Croatian Borna Coric and the Czech Jiri Lehecka.

Djokovic is back

In Rome, Novak Djokovic will return to competition after a few weeks off. For the reigning Serbian, it will be the last serious test before the 2023 Roland Garros Grand Slam. “Nole” was the highest seed and will face the best of Luca van Assche – Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the start. The first surprised Djokovic during the ATP 250 tournament in Banja Luka. The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the Briton Cameron Norrie or the sensational Dane Holger Rune could also block the way to the current leader of the classification in the first quarter.

Emotions will also be in the second quarter of the tournament standings. Here, the Norwegian Casper Ruud and the Italian Jannik Sinner, that is to say the favorite of the hosts, were placed high. Russian Karen Khachanov and Americans Tommy Paul and Ben Shelton will surely fight for a good result.

Wrestling in the main draw of the men’s tournament will begin on Wednesday, May 10. The winner of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2023 will be announced on Sunday May 21. He will receive 1,000 ATP ranking points and a check for 1.105 million euros.

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ATP Masters 1000, clay, €7.705 million prize pool

Drawing of the main scale:

Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) draw
Luca van Assche (France) – Tomas Martin Etcheverry (Argentina)
Ilya Ivashka – Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 26) by chance
Alex de Minaur (Australia, 17) by fate
Filip Krajinović (Serbia) – Marton Fucsovics (Hungary)
Kyle Edmund (UK) – Q
Cameron Norrie (UK, 13) per lot
Félix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 10) by chance
Q – Christopher O’Connell (Australia)
Q – Marcos Giron (USA)
Sebastian Korda (USA, 22) by chance
Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia, 30) draw
Fabio Fognini (Italy, WC) – Andy Murray (UK)
Holger Rune (Denmark, 7) per lot

Casper Ruud (Norway, 4) per lot
Q – Arthur Rinderknech (France)
Q – Aleksander Bublik (Kazakhstan)
Ben Shelton (USA, 28) by chance
Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands, 23) per lot
Constant Lestienne (France) – Laslo Djere (Serbia)
Pedro Cachin (Argentina) – Cristian Garin (Chile)
Tommy Paul (US, 16) by chance
Karen Khachanov (11 years old) by chance
Brandon Nakashima (USA) – Gregoire Barrere (France)
Richard Gasquet (France) – Yibing Wu (China)
Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina, 24) free draw
Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands, 29) per lot
Sebastian Baez (Argentina) – Juan Pablo Varillas (Peru)
Jaume Munar (Spain) – Q
Jannik Sinner (Italy, 8) by the draw

Andrei Rublev (6) free ticket
Q – Alex Molcan (Slovakia)
Guido Pella (Argentina) – Maxime Cressy (USA)
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain, 27) comes out free
Roberto Bautista (Spain, 21) by fate
Marco Cecchinato (Italy) – Mackenzie McDonald (USA)
Nicolas Jarry (Chile) – Q
Taylor Fritz (US, 9) by chance
Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 14) comes out free
Quentin Halys (France) – Jeffrey John Wolf (USA)
Luca Nardi (Italy, CM) – David Goffin (Belgium)
Alexander Zverev (Germany, 19) by chance
Bernabe Zapata Miralles (Spain, 31) by draw
Marc-Andrea Huesler (Switzerland) – Jason Kubler (Australia)
Ugo Humbert (France) – Emil Ruusuvuori (Finland)
Daniil Medvedev (3) free bundle

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 5) per lot
Dusan Lajović (Serbia) – Nuno Borges (Portugal)
Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) – Jeremy Chardy (France)
Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan, 25) by chance
Lorenzo Musetti (Italy, 18) by chance
Matteo Arnaldi (Italy, CM) – Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
Giulio Zeppieri (Italy, WC) – Q
Frances Tiafoe (USA, 12) by chance
Borna Coric (Croatia, 15) free draw
Adrian Mannarino (France) – Thiago Monteiro (Brazil)
Hugo Dellien (Bolivia) – Roberto Carballes (Spain)
Daniel Evans (UK, 20) by lot
Jiri Lehecka (Czech Republic, 32) by lot
Corentin Moutet (France) – Q
Albert Ramos (Spain) – Francesco Passaro (Italy, CM)
Carlos Alcaraz (Spain, 2) by the draw

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