Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal of Spain failed to win the bronze medal in a heartbreaking upset in the Men’s Singles Tennis tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Rafael Nadal dropped the first set, manage to win the very tight second set, but unfortunately in a tragic third set against the Japanese contender, Kei Nishikori. Nadal loses to Nishikori in an epic three sets by the score of 2-6, 7-6 (1), 3-6.
The world ranked number five unable to surpass the great service ace of the Japanese player who got 7 aces throughout the match. Nadal also helped Nishikori by his faulty errors. He got 28 unforced errors and 34 forced errors as compared to Nishikori’s 25 unforced errors and 39 forced errors.
Prior to this game, the 14-times Grand Slam Champion and one of the Greatest Players of All Time (GOAT), also has a heartbreaking loss to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during the semifinal round of the tournament.
Rafael Nadal unable to read the superb service of the Argentinian native who got 11 total aces throughout the match as compared to Nadal’s 2 aces. Del Potro defeated Nadal in three hard fought sets by the scores of 5-7, 6-4 and 7-6 (5).
These defeats will be heartbreaking for the 30-year-old tennis superstar because this will be his last Olympic tournament before heading to his retirement, according to Tennis World USA.
Nadal has an impressive run during the early stages of the tournament before these heartbreaking loss. He defeated Federico Delbonis in the first round, Andreas Seppi in the second round and Gilles Simon in the third round and Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinals.
Despite losing in this men’s singles event, the Spain’s flag bearer still give glory to his country by winning the gold medal in the men’s doubles event. He teamed up with Marc Lopez and they defeated the Romanian pair, Florin Mergea and Horia Tecău in the gold medal match.
Rafael Nadal is eyeing supposedly for his second Men’s Singles Olympic gold medal after winning in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Nadal also has been battling with a left wrist injury throughout the tournament. The left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open and Wimbledon.
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