Rafael Nadal returns to win. Although his wrist is not perfect, the Spaniard nails his second round match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He went past Italy?s Andrea Seppi, 6-3, 6-3, on Tuesday. He missed a number of routine shots in both sets, but was able to finish the game strategically.
Clearly, Nadal is exceeding expectations after eight years of rest from the Olympics.
Prior to his win against Seppi, he had beaten Federico Delbonis from Argentina, 6-2, 6-1. It only took less than an hour and a half for him to defeat Delbonis who currently ranks world No. 43.
Nadal displayed no signs of discomfort despite his injured left wrist. It was covered with a red sweat band, but the white tape underneath was still peeking out. He admitted that he will not be in the game if it was only a normal tournament on the circuit.
It looks like Nadal has gained his momentum. He could only prove that after years of taking his rest and an injured wrist, he could be back to win gold in the singles division. Before you see him on a match against Gilles Simon Thursday, August 11, be sure to check these Rafael Nadal Olympics live stream replay.
The former No. 1-ranked player exclaimed that he didn’t want to miss the Rio games. Olympic tournament happens once every four years. Nadal is also a 14-time Grand Slam champion.
In 2008, Nadal clinched gold in singles at the Beijing Olympic Games. However, he was not able to show up in the 2012 London Olympics due to a knee injury. He also needed to quit the U.S. Open later that season.
If everything goes well, a blockbuster final round between Nadal and Great Britain’s Andy Murray could happen. For now, we could watch out and see what happens with his next opponent in round 3. It looks like Simon is not going to be easy.