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Nadal Is Making His Way Through Rio

Posted on by Donald Dunbar in Sports News

Rafae Nadal Rio 2016Rafael Nadal qualified for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games outflanking a tremendous (7-6 (4) 6-2) to the Frenchman Gilles Simon in two hours and three minutes of enjoyable performance. The Spaniard, seeded third in the appointment of Rio de Janeiro, took a step forward toward the decorations as expected from such a great athlete.

To beat the French and extend his dominance to an 8-1 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head, the Spaniard prevailed in a match of long rallies and a clear sight of physical exhaustion.

Despite the insistence of his opponent (71% effective on the second serve from Rafa) capable of snatching three powerful serves and retrieve a service break in both sleeves (went 2-4 to 4-4 in the first; broke the Spanish when he pulled to win the match), Nadal resisted until his fist tighten.

Thus, after saving the first three games of the tournament, the Spaniard will seek access to the semifinals against the winner of the duel facing the local Thomaz Bellucci and the energetic Belgian David Goffin.

Bautista and Del Potro, in the still accessible quest for the medals. In his first Olympic appearance with bravery as a flag. Roberto Bautista, seeded tenth in Rio de Janeiro, raised a party of stability to stop the Luxembourgian Gilles Muller (6-4 7-6 (4)) , placed among the top eight of the tournament and one step away from the defining rounds to bring the ribbons into play.

Castellon signed a strong match with his first serve (89% efficiency), he managed to curb the strength of his opponent by putting the ball in play (took advantage of two of the three break points before him), to tilt the game to his side and ensure a remarkable win against a player who has already mastered the event (4-1) in the FedEx ATP Head2Head.

The Spanish player will seek a very earned place in the semifinals of the Olympics against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, current bronze Olympic winner, the Japanese Taro Daniel (6-7 (4) 6-1 6-2).

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