Rafa takes one down in Rio

After getting sidelined for a few of weeks with a bad back, Rafa Nadal has proven a short break doesn't break him. On Sunday, Rafa won the Rio Open, besting Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Rafa fans will remember their man was poised to win the Australian Open four weeks ago. In the finals against Stanislas Wawrinka, Rafa was favored to take the title. Instead, he hurt his back during warm-ups and couldn't recover in time to play at his best.


Rafa took a break and let his back get better before heading down to Brazil. It was worth it. Rafa played through a tough field and a very tough semi-final. It ended with a win and improved his clay record to 298-21. There is no one better on clay in the Open Era.

Congrats, Rafa, on yet another title.

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