Rafael Nadal will make his debut in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome against the promising Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner (18th in the world), with his mind set on achieving his tenth trophy in this clay court tournament and at Roland Garros.
It is the second time that the paths of both players have crossed: the Spanish already prevailed in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros last fall against this young 19-year-old player (7-6, 6-4, 6-1)
Despite the fact that Nadal (world number 3) is one of the great favorites to win the tournament, his results in recent weeks are less spectacular than on previous occasions, as he was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 and from Madrid.
Nadal, who holds the record for victories in Rome with nine trophies in eleven finals, seeks to put an end to doubts about his performance less than three weeks away from the great clay court tournament: Roland Garros (May 30 to June 13). AFP (HN)