Rafael Nadal beats Andreas Seppi to reach last-16 of men’s singles at Rio Olympics

Rafael Nadal made it through to the last 16 with victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rafa won 6-3, 6-3 to set up a third-round contest against France’s Gilles Simon, who defeated Yuichi Sugita 7-6(3), 6-2.

After the match, Rafa said:

This is an event you only play once every four years so that makes the emotions even higher. I am enjoying on court at the same time not too much pressure from me. After two months not competing I don’t expect much. I just expect to enjoy the Olympic experience again and that’s what I am doing. (via ITF)

Rafa on why he’s playing men’s doubles and mixed doubles:

You never know if it’s the last Olympics for me, hopefully not. But it’s a possibility… (via Tennis Now)


    • His singles match is due on centre court now but there has been a delay. I think its the weather.

  1. Wonderfully Marvellous, great I don.t see much tennis here in Oz because they aren,t putting the tennis on mores the pity although i got to see some yesterday, so have to relay on Facebook to get the scores, However a great win by our Champion Hope he can keep it going Vamos Rafa

  2. I think they are on red button Fabio on one court , I’m guessing after Serena as his match is due at 12 and her match will finish first unless Rafa being a higher seed will have centre court ,don’t know how they work it.

  3. I’ve watched every of Rafas single- and doubles on the spanish TV- webplayer. I’m so grateful to see him again and happy because this is so very important for him and he is so happy to play in all three categories in Rio. On the other hand – and I feel sorry about this for Rafa and for myself and for writing this – I’m not able to fully enjoy. Mostly from second sets on he looks struggling to me like he has to force himself to hold on through this huge schedule he has decided to play. But his will to win it all, (no matter what) is so damn strong this days, you can feel it so much in every single point. I admire this, but It frightens me. I am worried, too about him playing again today. And from tomorrow on it will be even more…

    Anyway, I know I better should not always have this devided feelings but I can’t help myself. I’m just praying he does not risk too much. Good, good luck Rafa, and please, please do not get more hurt.

      • Hi Teresa!
        The situation is a bit complicated… and I spent hours to get it. Finally I watch in on the rio player of spanish television: http://www.rtve.es/rio2016/directo/
        but it is only possible to watch this from outside of Spain by using a specific VPN- client which switches your IP adress to spain: Tunnelbear or Hotspot Shield (and there are some more). They cost around 30 dollars for one year if you want to have limiteless connection.
        Hope I could help you!

      • Thanks – it sounds complicated! So far I have been able to watch every match on the BBC i player so hopefully this will continue!

      • You’re welcome. It was complicated in my case because my computer is old and I could not run the progamm in the beginning & had to change some settings. Downloading the client by itself was very easy. (I now use hotspot shield). It’s worth it, but only f you have a little time to try out.

  4. I haven’t watched him play once yet!! Can’t find coverage in the UK..everyone but him..help

  5. I didn’t see the match, based on the stats and length of the match it looked like a tough one.
    Well, I am glad he is through unto the next one. That smile is just AMAZING.

    RAFA fan forever

    I hope to see a replay or some highlights.

  6. You’re a sweetheart Rafa 😍😘😃Congratulations and good luck forward 🍀❤️😊

  7. That smile is just priceless, saids it all! I was only able to watch the first set but sooooo happy for
    Rafa and his quest. Best of luck in the next round. Vamos!!!

  8. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤vamos rafa!!!!!!

  9. 42 unforced errors and 5 double faults but he got the job done. More pressure on Rafa with David, Gabine and Carla going out. Vamos Rafa – as the commentator said – this was good match practice!

    • I was curious on the stats so thanks for posting. I was especially concerned about his serves and DFs. I am worried that he has to play again today. The reporter asked him why he was playing so much and he said because this could be his last Olympics. He then added, I hope not.

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