2016 Rio Olympics

Tennis News: Rafael Nadal’s 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal dream still alive

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Rafael Nadal in 2010 (Photo courtesy: PictFactory/Wikimedia Commons)

The Spanish veteran Tennis player Rafael Nadal earned his second straight win in the Men’s Singles tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nadal defeated Italian Tennis player Andreas Seppi in straight sets by the score of 6-3, 6-3 and finished the match in 1 hour and 48 minutes.

The world ranked number five Nadal joined his rival Andy Murray in the third round of the tournament and avoided an Olympic upset like the world ranked number one Novak Djokovic, who suffered a straight sets loss to veteran Argentinean Juan Del Potro in the first round of the tournament.

Nadal managed to win the game despite having 43 unforced errors and 9 forced errors compare to Seppi’s 33 unforced errors and 23 forced errors. Nadal also has fewer service aces as he just got 1 service ace as compared to his opponent who has 5 service aces.

Nadal defeated Federico Delbonis also in straight sets during the first round of the tournament.

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist Rafael Nadal has been sidelined because of the left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open and Wimbledon. Despite not having a 100 percent left wrist, he will still compete in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles help his country to earn medals in this Summer Olympics.

This injury will not stop him in fighting for his dream to have another Olympic gold medal. Nadal was well motivated to play for his country and he was even the carrier of the Spanish flag during the opening ceremony of this 2016 Rio Olympics.

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The 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will face Gilles Simon of France on August 10, 2016, for the third round of the Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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