International BNL of Italy: with Nadal and Djokovic better than the US Open

It is a stellar cast that of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2020. The tournament that will start on September 14th (qualifications from September 11th or 12th depending on the size of the board) and will end on Monday September 21st, will see 19 of the top 20 players in the world, based on the entry list released today.

At the head of all the n.1 Novak Djokovic and n.2 Rafael Nadal (defending champion and 9-time winner in Rome), a pairing of stars that the US Open can only envy at the Foro Italico tournament, given that the Spaniard has decided to give up the US trip and will make his debut after the break caused by the pandemic in Rome.

All the best to challenge them, starting with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini. Only Roger Federer is missing, who will return in 2021 and is recovering from double surgery on his right knee.

Present instead Fabio Fognini, n.11 in the world, who is training hard to return with the tournaments on clay after the operation on both ankles.

The cut-off of the 56-seater draw is at number 36 of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (Federer’s place was taken by the returning South African Kevin Anderson, number 14 in the world with the protected ranking).

To these players, among which we find the new stars such as Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur and established stars such as Gael Monfils, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic will be added 4 wild cards, 8 special exempts (players engaged in the final stages of other tournaments) and 8 from qualifiers.

Among the members, currently on the waiting list (the so-called “Alternates”) names of the caliber of Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet.

Here is the list of those admitted to the main draw

Djokovic, Novak SRB 1

Nadal, Rafael ESP 2

Thiem, Dominic AUT 3

Tsitsipas, Stefanos GRE 6

Zverev, Alexander GER 7

Berrettini, Matteo ITA 8

Monfils, Gael FRA 9 #

Goffin, David BEL 10

Fognini, Fabio ITA 11

Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 12

Schwartzman, Diego ARG 13

Rublev, Andrey RUS 14

Anderson, Kevin RSA 14 *

Khachanov, Karen RUS 15

Shapovalov, Denis CAN 16

Wawrinka, Stan SUI 17

Garin, Cristian CHI 18

Dimitrov, Grigor BUL 19

Auger-Aliassime, Felix CAN 20

Isner, John USA 21

Paire, Benoit FRA 22

Lajovic, Dusan SRB 23

Fritz, Taylor USA 24

Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 25 #

de Minaur, Alex AUS 26

Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 27

Evans, Daniel GBR 28

Hurkacz, Hubert POL 29

Raonic, Milos CAN 30

Nishikori, Kei JPN 31

Krajinovic, Filip SRB 32

Coric, Borna CRO 33

Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 34

Pella, Guido ARG 35

Ruud, Casper NOR 36

* protected ranking

THE COMPLETE MALE ENTRY LIST

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