Nadal, Lopez win men´s doubles gold

Romania's Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau (silver winners), Spain's Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal (gold winners), and USA's Steve Johnson and Jack Sock (bronze).

Andy Murray will face Juan Martin del Potro in the gold medal match in Rio on Sunday after both men won their respective semi-finals.

On Saturday, Nadal will play 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, while Murray faces Kei Nishikori of Japan.

RIO DE JANEIRO-Rafael Nadal described his second Olympic gold as "unforgettable" after marking his return from his latest injury misery by partnering close friend Marc Lopez to the men's doubles title in Rio.

Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig achieved the day's most notable upset when she beat Czech world number 14 Petra Kvitova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the Olympic final. "That's why it's not been done before".

The unseeded Del Potro and Nadal went toe-to-toe for more than three hours on Saturday, including a third set that lasted almost an hour and a half, and hammered ground strokes to all corners of the court in a dramatic and high-quality match from two champions who came in to this hard-court event with loads of questions surrounding their health and form, reports Efe.

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Del Potro once again secured an early break in the second.

"He's the favorite for sure", del Potro said. In the ninth game, del Potro got the break he needed.

"I am guaranteed a medal already but the goal is to win gold and I'll do all I can to do it". That same formula worked against Nadal, with 18 of del Potro's 19 groundstroke winners coming off his preferred wing.

Switzerland's top male players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka may be missing due to injury, but Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky have a chance to win gold in the women's doubles.

The big Argentine began to find the range in second, bombing away with the forehand riding an early break to force a third. Murray is 4-1 against Del Potro on hard court.

In the next game, del Potro held three break points at love-40, but Nadal held for a 6-5 lead.

"I had nothing to lose from 6-3 down and I knew that my concentration wasn't there so I tried to play a little more aggressive", said the Japanese star.

While Del Potro and Murray battle for gold, Nadal and Nishikori must regroup for the bronze medal match.

Australian Open champion Kerber downed American seventh seed Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5, reaching the final without dropping a set.

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