The Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Marc López were on the edge of the Rio 2016 podium after reaching the semifinals of the doubles tournament by beating the Austrian pair formed by Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 6-3 and 6-1.
The Spanish duet soon opened a gap in each of the sleeves and traveled with an advantage that their opponents could not balance.
Nadal, who hours before had achieved a pass to the round of 16 of the men’s team after beating Italian Andreas Seppi, kept the guy encouraged by the good level and regularity exercised by his teammate.
The resistance of Marach and Peya waned in the final stretch of the second set, which eased the way for the Spanish.
Nadal and Marc López will face Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in the semifinals, who beat Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi 6-3 and 6-1.
The triumph of the men’s doubles alleviated the mess of the day also mitigated by the triumph in the women’s team of couples of Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez, who defeated the Belgians Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer by 7-5, 2-6 and 6- two. EFE