Rome Masters 2021 Tournament Preview
The Rome Masters returns to its regular calendar slot after an autumn staging in 2020. With Novak Djokovic back, how is the event shaping up?
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will be looking to make it back-to-back Rome Masters titles, having defeated Diego Schwartzman in the 2020 final.
Here, Tennishead looks on to the third and final clay ATP Masters 1000 tournament. When does it kick off, who makes up the draw, and what face-offs could one expect as the tournament progresses?
The men’s main draw runs from 9-16 May. UK fans can watch along live on Amazon Prime Video, as well as match replays. Otherwise, have a look at our watch guide.
56 players will compete for the title in Rome. There are 16 seeds total, with the top-8 receiving a first round bye. Both the defending champion Novak Djokovic and finalist Diego Schwartzman are set to take part.
The player entry list is outlined below, next to their seedings when appropriate. (WC) denotes a wildcard entry, (Q) is qualifier and (LL) is lucky loser.
Where is the event held?
The Rome Masters is held at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy on outdoor clay courts.
Ranking points breakdown, Singles
Winner – 1000 points
Runner-up – 600 points
Semi-finals – 360 points
Quarter-finals – 180 points
Round of 16 – 90 points
Round of 32 – 45 points
Round of 64 – 25 points
Prize money breakdown, Singles
Winner – € 245,085 ($294,591)
Runner-up – € 145,000 ($174,289)
Semi-finals – € 82,300 ($98,924)
Quarter-finals – € 45,100 ($54,210)
Round of 16 – € 28,200 ($33,896)
Round of 32 – € 18,000 ($21,636)
Round of 64 – € 12,000 ($14,424)
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
Tickets cannot be purchased for this year’s event due to Covid-19 restrictions on attendance.
How can I follow the tournament?
A repeat of last year’s French Open quarter final could be on the cards as Rafael Nadal faces a potential opener against Jannik Sinner.
World No 1 and reigning Italian open champion Novak Djokovic will meet either Taylor Fritz or British No 1 Dan Evans, who recently ousted Djokovic in straight sets in Monte Carlo, before a potential clash with Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.
Third seed Daniil Medvedev also faces a tough start to his Italian Open campaign with a possible meeting against compatriot Aslan Karatsev.
Dominic Thiem will face either Guido Pella or Marton Fucsovics in his opener, whilst Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Alexander Bublik or Marin Cilic in the second round.
Alexander Zverev, who defeated Rafael Nadal for a third consecutive time in Madrid, will take on a qualifier or Adrian Mannarino.
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