Andy Murray battles Novak Djokovic in Rome Masters opening.

Andy Murray faces a tough opening match against Fabio Fognini at the Rome Masters after winning the Challenger tournament in Aix-en-Provence.

Murray is in good form following his victory over Tommy Paul in the Challenger final, winning in three sets.

Novak Djokovic is the top seed in Rome and will begin his campaign in the second round against Luca van Assche or Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

Djokovic's status as the world No. 1 is expected to end after the Rome tournament, with Carlos Alcaraz set to overtake him.

Carlos Alcaraz will be the top seed at the upcoming French Open, which is a blow to Djokovic's chances of winning his third Roland Garros title.

Murray recognizes the challenge of reaching the later stages of the Rome Masters, but he is encouraged by his recent victory in the Aix-en-Provence Challenger.

Murray's win in the Challenger tournament is his first title since 2019 and his first on clay since 2015.

Murray expressed his relief after a difficult period, describing the past year and a half as a struggle with his game.

The Rome Masters features many top players, making it a highly competitive event.

Murray will need to perform at his best to advance in the tournament and continue his positive momentum.