Rafael Nadal and buddy Marc Lopez are assured of at least a silver medal at the Olympics. They defeated Canadian pair Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 7-6(1), 7-6(4) in the semifinals of the men’s doubles in Rio de Janeiro earlier today. When Rafa sat on the sideline bench, he planted a kiss atop Marc’s head. Then Rafa appeared to begin crying, and Marc threw an arm around his shoulders.
After the match, Rafa said:
I’m very happy, extremely excited and [to] enjoy this moment here in the Olympics, especially with one of my best friends, with Marc, is something unforgettable.
We are extremely happy, with high emotions on court, lots of nerves, we really enjoy it a lot. Just a moment to enjoy because we have a silver and now try and be ready for tomorrow. (via ITF)
Their opponents in the doubles final will be fifth-seeded Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, who defeated Americans Steve Johnson and Jack Sock 6-3, 7-5.
UPDATED: Rafa and Garbine Muguruza have withdrawn from the mixed doubles at Rio 2016.