The Italian Open is annual tennis tournament that is played in Rome, Italy. And you are at the right place if you are looking for an expert’s view on the latest Italian Open tips & predictions.
For men, it’s a part of the ATP Masters 1000 series while for ladies, it’s classified as a Premier 5 event. It is among the most prestigious clay events after the French Open.
The Roland Garros is generally played after the Italian Open and for the players it is no less than a practice run before the big event.
In addition to its location in one of the most visited cities in Italy, the Italian Open also draws in thousands of spectators every season. The event is preceded by other big tournaments such as Barcelona Open and Madrid Masters. The 2018 Italian Open will be played from May 7-20, 2018.
The defending champion in the men’s half is the 20-year-old wonder kid Alexander Zverev, who won his first Masters title by defeating none other than Novak Djokovic in the final.
And if that isn’t impressive enough, he won his second consecutive Masters title in Montreal, when he defeated Roger Federer in the ultimate showdown. His path in Rome demanded him to overcome players like Fabio Fognini, Milos Raonic and John Isner, before finally facing the Serbian. However, he wasn’t the only young player to leave an impression.
The relentless Austrian Dominic Thiem also made it to the semifinal, but succumbed to Djokovic in straight sets.
Nonetheless, it’s worth noticing that he defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets in quarterfinal. Considering how the next generation players are taking over, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the two young guns in the final match of 2018 Italian Open.
But before that could happen, they will still need to overcome a lot of hurdles along the way.
In the ladies half too, it was the youngsters who amazed the fans. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine won the title in three demanding sets by defeating Simona Halep.
In the course of the tournament, she also overcame several other big players like Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza. That win also took Svitolina in the top 5, and given how she is playing presently, it seems that she is there to stay for the foreseeable future.
As for the 2018 edition of the tournament, it is still too early to say if she will be able to defend her title, but at the same time, the idea isn’t too far-fetched.
Latest Italian Open tips & predictions will be updated closer to the start of the competition in 2018.