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Olympics Rio 2016: Japan's Kei Nishikori claims bronze in men's singles with win over Rafael Nadal

Nishikori beats Nadal to claims bronze in men's singles

14/08/2016 at 19:50Updated 14/08/2016 at 21:32

Japan's Kei Nishikori claimed the bronze medal as he beat Rafael Nadal in their men's singles play-off match at Rio 2016.

Having lost to Britain's defending Olympic champion Andy Murray in the semi-finals, Nishikori seized his opportunity to win a medal at the Spaniard's expense with a 6-2 6-7(1) 6-3 win.

The fourth seed took the opening set with consummate ease, losing just two games as Nadal looked weary and lethargic by comparison.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with Nishikori racing into a double break, until a sudden collapse saw Nadal storm back from 5-2 behind to take the set on a tie-break.

Undeterred, the world No.7 set duly bounced back to win the final set and clinch a maiden Olympic medal.

For Nadal, who at least triumphed with gold in the men's doubles, it was a disappointing performance, but an encouraging tournament after persistent injuries.

But the moment belonged to Nishikori as he took bronze to come away with a deserved medal - and one which he was delighted with.

Kei Nishikori (JPN) of Japan celebrates after winning his match against Rafael Nadal to claim the bronze medal

Kei Nishikori (JPN) of Japan celebrates after winning his match against Rafael Nadal to claim the bronze medalReuters

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