Rio Olympics 2016: Watch Rafael Nadal’s emotional celebration after doubles’ victory

Rafael Nadal had a lot on his plate on Thursday at the Rio Olympics 2016. This is probably how he must have felt before the day began.

It started with a third-round singles match against France’s Gilles Simon, who the Spaniard beat in straight sets. He continued with a semifinal doubles match with Marc Lopez. The victory assured the duo of a silver medal in the Rio Olympics. Nadal called it a day in the mixed-doubles match with Garbiñe Muguruza, from which he was compelled to withdraw after a grueling day.

So it wasn’t surprising that he got very emotional after victory. His celebration with friend and doubles partner Marc Lopez could melt the coldest of hearts.

Nadal, who’s usually known for his aggressive style, couldn’t hold back his tears. It clearly showed how much the victory meant to him.

Physical and mental pressure weighed on Nadal against Simon. The champion proved himself by sailing through the victory, despite playing for the first time in two and a half months due to a wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal celebrates Simon during the men's tennis competition. AP

Nadal will be against hometown favourite Thomaz Bellucci in the men's singles quarterfinals. Right after that match, Nadal will be back on court to with Marc Lopez in a gold medal doubles match against Romania's Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau.

Published Date: Aug 12, 2016 14:13 PM | Updated Date: Aug 12, 2016 18:17 PM

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