With a nagging wrist injury, Rafael Nadal is not favored to medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, the Spaniard had enough in his arsenal beating Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the first round of the men’s singles competition in these Summer Games.
Nadal beat Delbonis in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 and finished the match in just 1 hour and 26 minutes. Nadal joins rival Andy Murray to the next round and avoided a first round upset like Novak Djokovic, who suffered a straights sets loss to veteran Argentinean Juan Del Potro.
“The wrist needs little bit more time to be 100 percent recovered. If there is not Olympic Games here I would not be here competing,” Nadal admitted to Reuters post-match.
Nadal took advantage of Delbonis’ errors as the Argentinean had 23 forced errors and 31 unforced errors in the match. The Spaniard also had lots of break opportunities and broke Delbonis 6 times in 16 chances.
Nadal’s struggles with injuries have been happening the last two seasons and was also not healthy enough to play at the most recent Grand Slam, the 2016 Wimbledon Championships and also withdrew from the 2016 French Open.
Despite the current wrist injury, Nadal is motivated to play for Spain and was even the flag-bearer for his country during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016.
Nadal wants another gold medal to his name and for his country after winning the gold at the Beijing Games eight years ago.
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