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2016 Rio Olympics - Tennis - Preliminary - Men's Singles Third Round - Olympic Tennis Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Rafael Nadal (ESP) of Spain reacts during his match against Gilles Simon

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ByEurosport
11/08/2016 at 16:14 | Updated 11/08/2016 at 18:57

Rafael Nadal overcame Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s tennis in Rio.

The Spaniard, who had been an injury doubt coming into the tournament after pulling out of the French Open in May, won 7-6 (5), 6-3 after his opponent had looked to be coming back into the match after going 5-1 down in the second set.

He will now face Thomaz Bellucci, the home favourite, after he overcame Belgium's David Goffin 7-6 6-4.

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