Rain delays add to Nadal medal workload

2016-08-10 21:34
Rafael Nadal (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - Heavy rain brought lengthy delays to the fifth day of the Olympic Games tennis tournament on Wednesday and threatened to scupper Rafael Nadal's triple gold medal assault.

Play had been scheduled to start at 10:45 local time on centre court and 11:00 on the outside courts, but was put back to 4pm at the earliest.

That was bad news for Nadal who is still in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing his first tournament in two months after being forced to quit the French Open with a left wrist injury.

He has already played five matches in three days in Rio and on Wednesday he was due to tackle Italy's Fabio Fognini for a place in the men's quarter-finals.

Nadal was then teaming with Marc Lopez against Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil for a place in the doubles final.

The 14-time major winner is also scheduled to play mixed doubles for the first time in his career when he partners French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.

The Spanish pair have been drawn to face Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

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