Rafael Nadal through to Rio semis with walkover

Rafael Nadal progressed to the semi-finals of the clay-court Rio Open without playing after Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine pulled out of their quarter-final with a right shoulder injury.

El tenista español Rafael Nadal devuelve una bola contra su compatriota Nicolás Almagro hoy, jueves 18 de febrero de 2016, durante el torneo Rio Open de Tenis, en la ciudad de Río de Janeiro (Brasil). EFE/ Antonio Lacerda
Photo: EFE/ Antonio Lacerda

Our champ will face Pablo Cuevas or Federico Delbonis in Saturday’s semifinals at a time yet to be confirmed.


  1. Sorry for Alexander. He has health problems. . Babs is correct in saying Rafa seems to have to battle for all his advances. This was a gift let’s not waste it.
    Really hopping for a win. Best always !

  2. Afortunado que no tuviste que jugar con Alex Dolgopolov, siempre difícil rival.
    Rafa te veo jugando bien, excepto, en los momentos cruciales parece que te pones nervioso y abres la puerta a tus rivales. Mejora tu segundo saque y entra en la red que eres muy bueno con la volea. Sed mas agresivo en los momentos claves.
    Suerte y siempre contigo.

  3. I never root for injuries, but this was really lucky for Rafa. With the rain delay, he could have been playing at midnight or even tomorrow. Hopefully he will be well rested and play his best.

    • Yes, I agree, we never ever wish any injury on anybody…. and Dogopolov happens to be one of the nicest players, always cordial on court & respective to his opponents. He is naturally talented & with a creative & original game…. Unfortunately as we know, Dogopolov played a long singles & a doubles match yesterday & so it is tough on his body…… However, REGARDLESS these circumstances, the magnificent way Rafa has been advancing with his solid aggressive game, I think it is safe to assume that even if Dogopolov was fresh & energized, Rafa would have taken him in 2 sets ! ! : ) : )

      VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Have a beautiful night & fabulous SEMI FINAL – for sure it will be a FANTASTIC GREAT MATCH FOR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you sweetheart !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Good night & sweet dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  4. Just delighted, not often Raffa gets a leg up, normally he gets the hardest draw
    Good luck we are all behind you

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