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ATP Rome Masters 2018 live stream: Rome Masters tennis live from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Rome's Foro Italico in 2018

Live Tennis Staff in News 5 Dec 2017
  • Defending champion Alexander Zverev faces a tough task to hang on to the title as clay titans Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic bid to reclaim the crown at the Foro Italico
  • Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis is live from Rome from 13-20 May 2018
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev faces a tough title defence in Rome with clay titans, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic leading the charge to take the title away from the young gun. The Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis is the last major event in the build-up to Roland Garros, and it is live from Rome from 13-20 May 2018 .

ATP Rome Masters Tournament Schedule



Who is playing the 2018 ATP Rome Masters

Alexander Zverev embarks on a difficult title defence in Rome as the very best players in the world converge in the Italian capital for the 2018 Internazionali BNL d’Italia. The young German further enhanced his growing reputation last season, dismissing Novak Djokovic in the Rome final to register his first Masters 1000 title, and adding another Masters crown later in the year, taking down Roger Federer with similar ease in the Montreal final.

Zverev is obviously not fazed by the challenge, but with Rafael Nadal desperate to reclaim the crown and Novak Djokovic keen to make amends for last year’s no-show, the Next Gen ATP star has got his work cut out if he is to claim back-to-back crowns at the Foro Italico.

Not many will argue with the fact that seven-time champion, Nadal is once again the favourite.

The King of clay suffered a shock loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals last year in what turned out to be his only defeat on the surface in a near-vintage campaign, with the 31-year-old sweeping through Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Roland Garros.

His main competition is likely to come from Djokovic, who, after sitting out the second half of last season through injury, must surely be feeling refreshed in the new year, and will be looking to emulate what Federer and Nadal did in the previous season- coming back from injury to dominate the tour. Yes, he had his struggles in 2017, but the ability of the man can never be questioned, certainly not in Rome where he has bagged four titles.

Andy Murray’s recent improvements on clay manifested in Rome in 2016, when he beat Djokovic to win the title. As long as he is healthy, he is always in with a shout. It remains to be seen whether Roger Federer will commit to Rome, or any other clay-court tournament for that matter, given how well skipping the entire clay-court season worked for him last year.

Leading the candidates for a brand new Rome champion is Dominic Thiem, who has put together successive fine seasons on clay, and will be looking to really push on in 2018 after being second best only to Nadal on the dirt last year. Thiem beat Nadal on his way to the Rome semi-finals, but he was absolutely trounced by Djokovic, who spared the Austrian just the one game. For all the good work he has done on clay in his young career, he is yet to win any of the really big ones. Can he change that in Rome?

David Goffin is always useful on clay, and will be a major threat, while Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, who have both done very well on the surface in the past, also join the field.

ATP Rome Masters Seeds

Check back here in May for the seeded players at the 2018 Rome Masters.

About the Rome Masters


Rome's Internazionali BNL d'Italia is the last Masters 1000 Series event of the clay-court season, and the final testing ground before the second Grand Slam of the year begins at the French Open.

The tournament made its debut way back in 1930, at that point held in Milan, at the Tennis Club Milano. It was held there until 1935, when the tournament relocated to the Foro Italico in Rome – where it has since remained - before going on a hiatus from 1936 to 1949. 

The event final was best of five sets up until 2007, with the last five-set final coming between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2006. It was an all-time epic, in which Nadal triumphed 7-6(5) in the deciding set.

Jaroslav Drobny (1950, 1951, 1953) was the only player to win more than two titles at the event before the Open Era, with Nicola Pietrangeli, Marty Mulligan and Rod Laver winning two titles each. Other players to win the event multiple times include legends Ilie Natase, Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Nadal holds the record for titles won at the event, winning seven times (2005-07, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and reaching nine finals. The Spaniard holds every positive record in the men's history of the tournament, winning the most consecutive titles (three), and reaching the most consecutive finals (six, from 2009 through to 2014.) That streak of finals was broken in 2015, when Stan Wawrinka took him down in the quarter-finals. The Swiss then fell to countryman Roger Federer, who in turn lost out to Novak Djokovic: 6-4 6-3 in the title match.

Djokovic returned to attempt to defend his title in 2016, but Andy Murray defeated him in straight sets in the final, foreshadowing his forthcoming run to the Roland Garros final and rise to world no. 1 by the end of the season. Neither Djokovic, nor Nadal, nor Murray succeeded in 2017, as German young gun, Alexander Zverev surprised the field to claim his first Masters 1000 crown.

Rome Masters tournament information

Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament information

WTA Rome Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Dates13-20 May 2018
LocationRome, Italy
VenueForo Italico
SurfaceRed clay (outdoors)
ATP categoryMasters 1000
WTA categoryPremier 5
First played1930
Draw size (men)56 singles/24 doubles
Draw size (women)56 singles/28 doubles
Prize money (men)€4,300,755
Prize money (women)€2,399,000
Most titles (men)Rafael Nadal (7)
Most titles (women)Chris Evert (5)
Reigning men's singles championAlexander Zverev
Reigning women's singles championElina Svitolina
Reigning men's doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert/ Nicolas Mahut
Reigning women's doubles championsMartina Hingis/Chan Yung-jan


Previous Rome Masters champions

Previous winners of the Rome Masters (since 1968)

YearChampionRunner-up
1968Tom OkkerBob Hewitt
1969John NewcombeTony Roche
1970Ilie NastaseJan Kodes
1971Rod Laver (2)Jan Kodes
1972Manuel OrantesJan Kodes
1973Ilie Nastase (2)Manuel Orantes
1974Bjorn BorgIlie Nastase
1975Raul RamirezManuel Orantes
1976Adriano PanattaGuillermo Vilas
1977Vitas GerulaitisAntonio Zugarelli
1978Bjorn Borg (2)Adriano Panatta
1979Vitus Gerulaitis (2)Guillermo Vilas
1980Guillermo VilasYannick Noah
1981Jose Luis ClercVictor Pecci
1982Andres GomezEliot Teltscher
1983Jimmy AriasJose Higueras
1984Andres Gomez (2)Aaron Krickstein
1985Yannick NoahMiroslav Mecir
1986Ivan LendlEmilio Sanchez
1987Mats WilanderMartin Jaite
1988Ivan Lendl (2)Guillermo Perez Roldan
1989Alberto ManciniAndre Agassi
1990Thomas MusterAndrei Chesnokov
1991Emilio SanchezAlberto Mancini
1992Jim CourierCarlos Costa
1993Jim Courier (2)Goran Ivanisevic
1994Pete SamprasBoris Becker
1995Thomas Muster (2)Sergei Bruguera
1996Thomas Muster (3)Richard Krajicek
1997Alex CorretjaMarcelo Rios
1998Marcelo RiosAlbert Costa
1999Gustavo KuertenPatrick Rafter
2000Magnus NormanGustavo Kuerten
2001Juan Carlos FerreroMagnus Norman
2002Andre AgassiTommy Haas
2003Felix MantillaRoger Federer
2004Carlos MoyaDavid Nalbandian
2005Rafael NadalGuillermo Coria
2006Rafael Nadal (2)Roger Federer
2007Rafael Nadal (3)Fernando Gonzalez
2008Novak DjokovicStan Wawrinka
2009Rafael Nadal (4)Novak Djokovic
2010Rafael Nadal (5)David Ferrer
2011Novak Djokovic (2)Rafael Nadal
2012Rafael Nadal (6)Novak Djokovic
2013Rafael Nadal (7)Roger Federer
2014Novak Djokovic (3)Rafael Nadal
2015Novak Djokovic (4)Roger Federer
2016Andy MurrayNovak Djokovic
2017Alexander ZverevNovak Djokovic


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ATP Rome Masters 2018 live stream: Rome Masters tennis live from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Rome's Foro Italico in 2018

Alexander Zverev faces a tough title defence in Rome with multiple champions, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic leading the charge to take the title away from the young gun. The Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis is live from Rome, 13-20 May 2018

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