Rafael Nadal almost dropped out of the top ten in 2015, ten years later, suffered an injury and was unable to raise his form next season. The Spaniards were unable to challenge their rivals from the top in 2016, winning two titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, with a total of just 39 games in the worst total since 2004!
A wrist injury forced Rafa to withdraw from the French Open before the third round match against the Marcel Granolars. He was on the sidelines until the second week of August and the Olympics in Rio, giving him 120% and was ready to compete for the medal.
Nadal reached the semi-finals in the singles with a favorable draw, but failed to win the Spanish medal. Rafa lost a wonderful semi-final encounter with Juan Martin del Potro at a tiebreaker three hours and eight minutes later before Kei Nishikori suffered another severe defeat in the bronze medal battle.
The 2008 Beijing Singles gold medalist found a way to keep Brazil in glory after winning the doubles gold medal with his best friend Marc Lopez. Between 2009 and 2011, the pair won several Doha and Indian Wells titles and was seeded sixth in Rio in the hope of winning old magic and medals.
In the opening round, after defeating Jean-Julien Roger and Robin Haase, he kicked out Juan Martin del Potro and Maximo Gonzalez to reach the quarter.
Rafael Nadal and Marcropes claimed to double their gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya advanced to the semi-finals against the Spanish pair who scored 6-3, 6-1 and met Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.
In a very close encounter, Rafa and Mark won two tiebreakers, won medals, and won gold medals between Romanian Florimmerje and Horiatekau. After a great fight, Nadal and Lopez won 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, a major celebration later in the final match of the encounter, and one of the most important career wins of both. It brought about an emotional reaction to one.
Rio could be Nadal’s last Olympics as he withdrew from this year’s Tokyo event due to a leg injury. Rafa will be 38 by the time of his next Olympics at his beloved French Open in Paris, but it’s still unclear if he will be active by then.
– Tennis Sports
Rafael Nadal wins second gold medal at Marc Lopez
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/100683/olympic-flashback-rafael-nadal-wins-second-gold-medal-with-marc-lopez/ Rafael Nadal wins second gold medal at Marc Lopez