Internazionali BNL d'Italia Predictions Begins on Sunday May 11th

2014 Italian Open (tennis)

The last major prep for the upcoming French open is the Internazionali BNL d'Italia that begins on Sunday. Rafael Nadal is the favorite to win this clay court event that features most of the top players in the world. Nadal has won this event an amazing seven times so it is no surprise to see him favored. Here is a look at the event and tennis predictions.

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Rafael Nadal is the clay court master and he has won this tournament a record seven times including each of the past two seasons. His top competition in the past has come from Novak Djokovic who is the only player in the last seven years to win other than Nadal. Djokovic has been dealing with a hand injury but he is expected to play.

Last year it was Roger Federer losing in the final to Nadal. There is a chance that Federer may decide to skip this event. His wife just gave birth to twins so Federer may decide to bypass this event. There are a couple of small events in Dusseldorf and Nice the week before the French Open but Federe normally doesn’t play the week before a major.

Nadal is trying to be in top form so that he can win his 14th Grand Slam. He lost the Australian Open final to Stanislas Wawrinka and he has not been the same since. Before this year, Nadal has won more than 93% of his matches on clay. This season he lost in the quarterfinals at Barcelona and Monte Carlo. Some people are calling it the curse of the 13th Grand Slam. Players who have won their 13th Grand Slam have struggled for a while before winning #14. Nadal is only the third player to be going for a 14th Grand Slam and the previous two, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer struggled after winning their 13th.

Tennis Predictions

Nadal has not been as invincible on clay as in past years but with the injury to Djokovic it is still hard to go against Nadal. Perhaps Wawrinka can make a run or possibly Tomas Berdych but the clear choice to win the Internazionali BNL d’Italia is still Rafael Nadal.

 
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