Rafael Nadal wants a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics despite having a wrist injury. On Friday, he faces home country beat Thomaz Belluci in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles competition in tennis at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nadal has already won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics winning the men’s singles tournament eight years ago. The Spanish pro has a great shot making the semifinals as he is 5-0 in his head to head series against Belluci, who is ranked 55th in the world.
Nadal’s current world ranking is at number five. But without Roger Federer, who did not go to Rio and Novak Djokovic, who was upset in the first round in Brazil, Nadal is among the favorites to win the gold medal along with defending champion Andy Murray.
Nadal was tested in his third round match-up against French pro-Gilles Simon but won in straight sets, 7-6 (5) 6-3 in a match that lasted over two hours. Nadal beat Federico Delbonis in the first round and Andreas Seppi in the second round.
Two more wins for Nadal in the men’s singles competition means he’s got to battle for two gold medals in Rio.
After his match against Belluci and if he wins in the semifinals against either Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) or Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina), Nadal will play with compatriot Marc Lopez and challenge Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau in the gold medal match in the men’s doubles tournament.
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