QF Preview: Djokovic and Felix Face of Rome | ATP . round

Friday is the quarter-final day in Internacional BNLD Italy, with four marquee matches defined in both the men’s singles and doubles competitions. Four of the top 5 individual seeds still stand, led by the world number one Novak Djokovicwith Chile Christian Garen The only player not ranked in the top eight.

In the center court, ranked fourth Stefanos Tsitsipas Takes on Yannick Sener at Australian Open rematch by Casper Road Meets Denis Shapovalov He faces Djokovic Felix Auger-Aliassime. The second seed Alexander Zverev Playing against Garin will open on the Grand Stand Arena, where the Italian duo Simon Bolelli And Fabio Fognini Table closes against the eighth seed Kevin Krawetz And Andreas Mess Germany.

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[1] Novak Djokovic (SER) vs. [8] Felix Auger-Aliassime (Could you)

Djokovic and Auger Aliassime will meet for the first time on Friday, as the Serbian needs a win to ensure he remains at the top of the Pepperstone ATP rankings. He is currently sitting in second place Daniel Medvedev In the Pepperstone ATP direct rankingAfter losing 600 points he was defending from his last run in Rome one year ago.

Auger-Alessem, who entered Roma at a career high of No. 9, has improved one place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings by reaching the quarter-finals and will move up to seventh in the title. After winning three sets against the finalist in Monte Carlo Alejandro Davidovich Fokina In his opening match, he passed the Canadian last Marcos Geron In the last 16.

Djokovic lost only nine matches in his two matches with Roma, and he looked strong against him Aslan Karatsev And Stan Wawrinka. In addition to playing to maintain its position as the No. 1 world ahead Roland Garroswhich is also two wins after his 1,000th career victory.

Of the eight who made it to the quarter-finals, Auger-Aliassime scored the highest 31 percent in North America balance of power metric – which measures the percentage of shots played in attack – while Djokovic is second only to Garin at 44 per cent theft rate, measures the number of times a player gains points and his opponent gains an offensive advantage. Rodd leads the way with 77 percent conversion rate, which checks how many times a player gains points from attacking. The chart below, ranked by highest power balance, is based on each player’s data during the Rome quarter-finals.

player balance of
Energy
Transfers theft
Felix 31% 65% 34%
Zverev 30 & 65% 35%
Tsitsipas 26% 71% 29%
Shapovalov 25% 66% 40%
Rod 24% 77% 36%
running 21% 69% 45%
kafir 21% 67% 29%
Djokovic 19% 68% 44%

Although Djokovic and Auger Aliassime never met in the heat of competition, the Serb knows and plays the 21-year-old.

“I have known Felix for a few years,” said Djokovic, who has reached at least the quarter-finals in all 16 matches he has played for Roma. “He’s established, a top 10 so he’s right there. He’s a hard worker on the tour as you can see him and he’s a nice guy. His overall game is getting better. He’s getting better on the mud. I know his game and what to expect.”

[5] Casper Road (nor) vs. [13] Denis Shapovalov (Could you)

Rudd won his only previous ATP meeting against Head 2 Head with Shapovalov in the 2021 Geneva Final last May. The Norwegian is making a comeback on European clay as he bounced back from the first round exit in Madrid with a win against him. Botic van de Zandschulp And Jenson Brosby. The Norwegian, who reached the semi-finals in both Monte Carlo and Madrid last season, was back with a modest 4-4 iteration after his shock run in the Miami final in March.

Shapovalov fought back from a set down against an injury that crippled her Rafael Nadal On Thursday, he earned a measure of revenge after losing two match points in Roma’s 2021 defeat to the Spaniard. Shapovalov took the fight to Nadal before his injury anxiety became a factor midway through the second in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory. This was Shapovalov’s first victory over Nadal since his split in 2017 in Montreal.

He is now looking to back that up by turning the tables on Rod.

“Casper is very tough,” said the Canadian. “I only played with him once and he beat me. He’s an opponent who has almost no weaknesses, so it’s going to be another tough match for me.”

[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs. [10] Yannick Sener (ITA)

Tsitsipas saved two match points in his opening win Grigor Dimitrov He won three more sets against Karen Khachanov On Thursday he will begin his bid for a second ATP 1000 Masters title of the season. His win in the third round improved his season record to 29-9 over Carlos Alcaraz For the ATP Tour wins first place in 2022.

Tsitsipas is 12-2 in the European swing, scoring his second goal in a row Rolex Monte Carlo Masters On the title with rounds to the Barcelona quarter-finals and Madrid semi-finals before Rome.

Sinner, who won three games to reach the quarter-finals, isn’t far behind at 24-5. The home favorite is playing in the quarter-finals of Rome for the first time and will need to reverse a lopsided defeat at the Australian Open to advance further.

The Greek who will pass Rafael Nadal to finish fourth in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings on Monday, to take a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Sinner in the quarter-finals in Melbourne and hold the record 3-1 at ATP Head2Head. . The duo split in two encounters with Roma in 2019 and 2020, with Sener securing the second match in three sets.

“Every match is a different story,” Tsitsipas said when asked about their history. “We played each other on clay, but every game has its own story. I know for a fact that he will get out there and play freely and he will be very motivated to do well in front of his home fans. I will have to deal with this and deal with tennis at the same time.

“My job is to go out there and play tennis. Of course, he has a little bit of support, which is normal. He will have some things in his favour. But in the end I need to play good tennis and really prove myself on the court.”

[2] Alexander Zverev (gear) vs. Christian Garen (Che)

In a men’s singles match at the Grand Stand Arena, Zverev and Garin meet for the first time since the Chilean beat Zverev at home in the 2019 Munich quarter-finals.

Zverev won, 2017 Roma champion Sebastian Baez And Alex de Minor In straight sets to reach the last eight. He was pleased with his performance against the Australian on Thursday but said he still needed to work on his serve, which caused him problems during his trip to last week’s Madrid final.

Garin got his first two wins in Rome in dominant fashion but had to go a distance to come out by knockout Marin Cilic In the last 16, the 25-year-old is a five-time ATP Tour champion, with all of his titles earned on clay. He is seeking his first title in 2022 after a slow start to the season that included a five-game losing streak – a streak he ended definitively with the April semi-final in Houston.

By reaching the quarter-finals of Rome, Garin climbed nine places to 36th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. He reached a career high of No. 17 in the Pepperstone ATP Ranking in September 2021.

double the work

In addition to the Bolelli / Fognini vs. Nikola Mechtic And Matty Pavik He will face the champions of Madrid Wesley Kohlhoff And Neil Skopsky.

And in what promises to be an entertaining battle between two unlikely quarter-finalists, for the first time John Isner And Diego Schwartzman The duo will face the substitute in the last minute of Lloyd Glasspool And Harry Heliovarawho rushed to Rome early on Wednesday to take his place in the draw.

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