Official: Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz Aim for Olympic Doubles Gold in Paris

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will join forces in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
Official: Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz Aim for Olympic Doubles Gold in Paris
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The rumor has become a reality! Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will join forces at the Olympic Games in Paris, chasing the men's doubles gold medal. Nadal will compete at the Olympic Games for the last time, collecting the singles gold medal in Beijing 2008 and the doubles gold medal in Rio 2016.

Carlos will embrace his first Olympic tournament, hoping for another strong run in Paris after conquering the Roland Garros crown on Sunday. Rafa and Carlos met three times at a Masters 1000 level, with the more experienced Spaniard notching two wins.

Also, they met in The Netflix Slam this March at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, with Alcaraz prevailing 3-6, 6-4, 14-12 after two hours.

Rafael Nadal & Carlos Alcaraz, The Netflix Slam 2024© Chris Unger / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will seek the Olympic gold medal in Paris.

Nadal played his first match since the first week of the year, and neither player was at 100% due to injuries.

Rafa made a solid start and had a chance to seal the deal in the match tie break, leading 7-5 and standing two points away from victory four times before Carlos prevailed. Nadal missed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will compete for his country at this event for the first time since 2016.

Rafa missed a singles medal in Rio but went all the way with his great friend Marc Lopez in doubles, securing the gold medal for Spain. The title came at a perfect time for the legend, playing miles below his best that season and withdrawing from Roland Garros.

Nadal stayed away from the court until the second week of August, entering the Rio Olympics and finding extra motivation in the national jersey.

Rafael Nadal, 2016 Rio Olympics© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Rafa used a favorable draw and reached the semi-final in singles.

He fell to Juan Martin del Potro in the deciding tie break after three hours and eight minutes and suffered another heart-breaking loss in the bronze medal match to Kei Nishikori. Rafa threw everything into the doubles event with Marc, with the Spaniard beating Jean-Julien Rojer and Robin Haase in the opening round.

They took down Juan Martin del Potro and Maximo Gonzalez, reaching the quarter-final. Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya stood no chance against the Spanish pair. Rafa and Marc notched a 6-3, 6-1 victory for a place in the semi-final against Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.

It was a tight battle, and the Spaniards overpowered the Canadians in two tie breaks, securing a medal and arranging the gold medal clash with the Romanians Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau. It was a tight battle, and Nadal and Lopez prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, securing a late break in the decider and celebrating the gold medal for their country.

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