Rafael Nadal claimed Olympic gold in the men’s doubles at Rio 2016
It is the first half of what would be a quite remarkable double of wins for Nadal, who now sets his sight on singles glory where he will bid to beat Andy Murray to the title.
Spaniards Nadal and Marc Lopez defeated defeated Romanian pair Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-2 3-6 6-4 and both fell to the court in celebration after Mergea hit a final smash long.
It was a second Olympic gold medal for Nadal, the singles champion in Beijing, and capped a brilliant summer for Lopez, who won his first grand slam title at the French Open with Feliciano Lopez. Nadal arrived in Rio unsure whether he would even play having not contested a match since pulling out of Roland Garros in tears in May with a wrist injury.He decided to give it a go and has not yet lost, winning five matches in the doubles and four so far in the singles, where he will play Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals on Saturday.
The 30-year-old missed out in London because of injury but was finally able to carry his country’s flag at the opening ceremony at the Maracana.There was consolation for the Romanians in that by claiming silver they became the first tennis players from their country to win an Olympic medal.American pair Steve Johnson and Jack Sock took bronze with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.