What’s the difference between Madrid and Rome? This year it starts at the top. Novak Djokovic, after skipping the tour stop in Spain, returns on Tuesday at the Foro Italico. We’ve talked a lot about Rafael Nadal’s up and downs over the last month, while Djokovic has sailed happily under the radar. Or, in his case, over the radar: He has been pretty much perfect in 2015.
But the world No. 1 can only stay out of the spotlight for so long. This week all eyes will be trained on him, as players, press, and fans look for any signs of weakness from the presumed French Open favorite as he prepares again to try to win his first clay-court Grand Slam. Before he and the rest of the field get to Paris, though, here’s a look at what they’ll face at the Foro (see the draw here). Coming, as it does, after the steeliness of Madrid and before the seriousness of Roland Garros, a week in Rome will hopefully feel like a pre-Slam holiday for us hard-working fans.