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Quadri adds Boll's scalp to his belt to keep alive medal hopes

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2016 Rio Olympics - Table Tennis - Men's Singles - Round 4 - Riocentro - Pavilion 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Timo Boll (GER) of Germany shakes hands with Quadri Aruna (NGR) of Nigeria after losing their match. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
2016 Rio Olympics - Table Tennis - Men's Singles - Round 4 - Riocentro - Pavilion 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Timo Boll (GER) of Germany shakes hands with Quadri Aruna (NGR) of Nigeria after losing their match. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Aruna Quadri became the first Nigerian to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympics table tennis men's singles event when he beat 10th seed Timo Boll of Germany 4-2 on Monday.

The 28-year-old Quadri was quick off the blocks as he took an early 3-0 lead against two-time medallist Boll, who was the flag bearer of his country during Friday's opening ceremony, capitalising on the German's uncharacteristic mistakes.

However, Boll, who helped Germany win a bronze medal in the men's team competition in the London 2012 Games, fought his way back, winning the next two sets, but it was in vain as Quadri wrapped up the match in the sixth set.

Quadri, who defeated Chinese Taipei's Chuang Chih-Yuan, ranked seventh in the world, in the third round earlier on Monday, will face world number one Ma Long of China in the quarter-final.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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