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Home heroes: Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini benefit from Rome Open wildcards

An ATP 1000 Masters event, the Rome Open is traditionally played on clay and is one of the most sought after titles on tour. With several high-ranking players likely to compete at the tournament, player spots are limited. However, it comes as no surprise that the Italian duo have been granted entry to their home event, with fans likely to show up in thousands to support the national heroes.
The former World No.6 has struggled with injury over the past two years, which has seen his ranking plummet. However, Berrettini could be rediscovering his form, as the 27-year old stunned the tennis community by winning the Grand Prix Hassan II title in Morocco last week. Entering the event as an unseeded player, Berrettini showed flashes of brilliance as he battled his way to his first title since the 2022 season. Joining Berrettini in Rome is compatriot Fognini, who is in the twilight of his career but is still a fan-favorite among the home spectators.