Rio Open: Nadal Through To Semis As Dolgopolov Withdraws

Rio Open: Nadal Through To Semis As Dolgopolov Withdraws
Bayo Psalm

Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal reached the semi-finals of the Rio Open without hitting a ball on Friday, when Ukrainian Aleksandr Dolgopolov withdrew due to a shoulder injury.

The Rio Open official Twitter account revealed the news of Dolgopolov’s injury:

Nadal is looking to find his form ahead of the French Open in May/June at the clay court event in Rio.

The 29-year-old dropped to number five in the world after an injury-hit 2015 and suffered his first opening-round exit in a loss to countryman Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open in January.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the last four on Saturday.

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Bayo Psalm

Bayo Psalm Adeoye is a radio & TV sportscaster and sports writer. He has keen interest in Football (Soccer) and Tennis. He occasionally writes on Formula 1, Basketball and Athletics. He also writes and presents in Pidgin English. Previous writing experiences are for SuperSport, SL10, Football Naija and Sportive 23. Bayo Psalm studies Information and Communication Science at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria..

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