World tennis star Rafael Nadal may have not taken home the top prize this summer, but he still brought home a gold medal for his native Spain.
Nadal, one of the most decorated tennis players of all-time, failed to place in the single’s tournament in the 2016 Summer Olympics, losing to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the third place medal game. Nadal and partner Marc Lopez were able to win the doubles tournament, beating France’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau by the score of 6-2, 3-6, and 6-4.
Nadal, who has always been a tennis tickets magnet, won his second gold medal of his career in Rio. His only other medal came in 2008, beating Fernando Gonzalez to claim the single’s throne. After the victory, Nadal was thrilled to win with Lopez, saying, “An amazing experience. Especially doing it with one of my best friends, Marc, is something unforgettable for me, for both of us. To win a gold medal today after two months and a half with no practice, no preparation at all, just working in the gym, was something not easy doing.”
The 14-time major champion will now focus on the US Open, set to start on August 29th. Nadal, who is a huge draw for US Open tickets, has won the tournament twice and lost in the Finals once, all against Novak Djokovic.