Rafael Nadal is within touching distance of another Olympic singles medal after beating Thomaz Bellucci to make the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro.
After losing the first set (by committing 10 unforced errors and generating only two winners), Rafa broke serve in game four of the second set and never looked back, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Center Court. He became the eighth player in the Open Era to register at least 800 career singles match wins.
After the match, Rafa said:
I don’t even know how things are going so well because I didn’t do any preparation for the tournament. (via AP)
In Latin America the people are very passionate so that’s something very, very special to be in the middle of the court like this. (via Tennis Now)
Rafa will face Juan Martin del Potro (not Andy Murray as I thought the last four days) for a place in the gold medal match.
Rafa and Marc Lopez are scheduled to play in the men’s doubles final later today (not before 7PM local time, midnight CET, 11PM BST, 6PM EDT).