The Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal enters the quarterfinal round of the men’s singles in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Nadal defeated the French National Gilles Simon in straight exciting sets by the score of 7-6 (5), 6-3 and finished the match in 2 hours and 2 minutes.
The world ranked number five had an impressive win in this match despite the fact that he committed 40 unforced errors and 10 forced errors as compared to Simon’s 30 unforced errors and 23 forced errors.
Rafael Nadal has a slow start in this match and a little bit off in the first set, but he found his groove in the second set and managed to win it and took the match in an impressive win.
This is the third straight win for Nadal in the tournament. He defeated Federico Delbonis in the first round and Andreas Seppi in the second round, both in a straight sets victory.
The former Olympics gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been battling with a left wrist injury throughout the tournament. This injury also forced him out of the French Open and Wimbledon.
Despite the injury, Nadal is motivated to get his another Olympic gold medal in his last Olympic tournament. He said that Rio will be his last event to attend, which obviously means his fans won’t see him playing on a court again in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Aside from playing in men’s singles this Summer Olympics, Nadal also competes in men’s doubles and in mixed doubles.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion and one of the Greatest Players of All Time (GOAT), Rafael Nadal will face Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the quarterfinal round of this 2016 Rio Olympics.
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