of the Czech Republic will be looking to repeat some of the form he showed at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami in March.
Berdych managed to secure his 2nd career victory over Roger Federer in Miami and he went on to reach the final where he lost out in straight sets to the American Andy Roddick.
Berdych at his best will back himself against anyone in the world he does already have a Masters 1000 title to his name that was in Paris back in 2005.
It will be hard for Berdych to beat Rafael Nadal this week in Rome, given the fact that Nadal is regarded by many as the king of clay and he has been back to somewhere near his best form.
The Spaniard has won the title 4 of the last 5 years and will be expected to make it 6 at the weekend.