Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is hoping to right the wrongs of Madrid

After seeing his 21-match winning streak on clay last week at the Madrid Open by Dominic Thiem, the Spaniard is desperate to reassert his dominance on clay.

The world No 2 had also won 50 straight sets on the red dirt - surpassing John McEnroe’s record of 49 consecutive sets won on carpet in 1984.

Nadal can get back to number one in the rankings, although two obstacles lie in his way - Thiem, who he could meet in the last eight and a potential final clash against Juan Martin del Potro.

But before all that, Nadal takes on Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who he previously beat at the Australian Open.

Prior to that, Dzumhur enjoyed victory against the 31-year-old, but that came in Miami when Nadal was forced to retire hurt.

Nadal - a seven-time winner of the Italian Open - doesn’t think his Madrid Open loss will affect his French Open preparations.

Damir Dzumhur

Rafael Nadal opens his Italian Open campaign against Damir Dzumhur (pictured)

I don't think what's gonna happen here gonna make a big impact on what can happen in two weeks

Rafael Nadal

“Every tournament is very important for itself. And for me, even more. Because I have a great story on all these events," Nadal said.

“I won here seven times. And, for me, it's very special always to play here in this tournament.

"So, I can win Roland Garros losing here, and I can win Roland Garros winning here.

"I don't think what's gonna happen here gonna make a big impact on what can happen in two weeks.”

How to watch Rafael Nadal vs Damir Dzumhur on TV

Sky Sports are carrying all the coverage of this week's Italian Open.

Their coverage today starts at 11am, running on Sky Sports Arena (Sky channel 409) and Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401).

Nadal isn’t expected to be on court until at least 12.20pm UK time.

How to watch Rafael Nadal vs Damir Dzumhur online

Sky’s coverage of the Italian Open means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you’re an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.

Sky Go is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The Sky Sports app, available to download on iOS and Android devices, will also be providing live text coverage and updates.

If you're not currently a Sky Sports customer but can't stand to miss out on the action, you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription.

Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, start at £6.99 a day, with a weekly pass starting from £10.99, and no locking in to a contract.

NOW TV doesn't even require a typical television to use, as it is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.

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