Rio 2016: Rafael Nadal advances to third round

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It was far from a vintage performance, but Rafael Nadal got the result he wanted as he defeated Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-3 in the 2nd round of the Olympic Games’ singles tennis competition.

The clay court specialist made over 40 unforced errors in the game, but was able to seize on his rival’s erratic serves to establish a 3-1 lead in the 2nd set, before closing out the straight-set victory.

The nine-time French Open champion will now face Frenchman Gilles Simon in the 3rd round, and the 30-year-old knows a thing or two about Olympic success, having taken home the gold medal in Beijing eight years ago.

However, he came into this year’s competition clouded by injury concerns, having pulled out of the French Open only 10 weeks ago due to a wrist injury.

The Spaniard now joins countryman Roberto Bautista Agut in the 3rd round.

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