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ATP Rome Day 2 Predictions Including Nadal vs Bergs

The first round comes to an end on day 2 of the ATP Masters in Rome. And while it’s unheard of for Rafael Nadal to play here in Round 1 instead of getting a bye, that’s where his injury absence in 2023 has gotten him. So? Is he ready to compete at the elite level again? We’ll find out. Who do you think will win Thursday’s matches in Rome? We predict them all, spread over four articles. The other three include Lorenzo Sonego vs. Dusan Lajovic, Tomas Machac vs. Matteo Arnaldi and Jack Draper vs. Borna Coric.

ATP Rome Day 2 Predictions

Luca Nardi vs. Daniel Altmaier

Nardi is an up-and-coming clay courter, while Altmaier appears to have been elevated to journeyman status. He’s still a consistent Top 100 player, so he should be a threat here, but I feel like Nardi has the upside here.
Prediction: Nardi in 3

Alexei Popyrin vs. Hamad Medjedovic

Medjedovic is a solid player and seems to like these courts. Popyrin is hit and miss. He had an impressive rise a few years ago, but since then he seems to have plateaued and gone backwards. And clay was never his forte to begin with. I think the Serb should go further.
Prediction: Medjedovic in 2

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Botic van de Zandschulp versus Nicolas Moreno de Alboran

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran is the rare American who seems to love clay. He plays well on the surface and is someone to watch out for. But van de Zandschulp was just as impressive in qualifying. He looked like his sizzling self from three years ago. Can that last? Don’t know. But if so, he’s going deep into this.

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Rafael Nadal vs. Zizou Bergs

I have no idea what level of form Rafael Nadal will be in. However, at some point I have to trust that he will only play if he thinks he can win the event. And if he is right, there is nothing more Bergs can do.
Prediction: Nadal in 2


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