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Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Doubles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Tennis Center, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: SUI Switzerland
Silver: SWE Sweden-2
Bronze: USA United States-1

Summary

The top doubles team in the world was the American pair of twin brothers, Mike and Bob Bryan. Since 2003 they had won five Grand Slam doubles titles, and been runner-up seven times. In the semi-finals they met the Swiss team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. On paper they looked formidable as Federer was the best player in the world, some saying the greatest of all-time, and Wawrinka was ranked #10 in singles, but Federer virtually never played doubles and was doing so at the Olympics only out of his loyalty to Switzerland, and the pair was only seeded #4. The Bryans were upset by the Swiss team in straight sets, after losing the first set tiebreaker.

Federer/Wawrinka advanced to the final to face the Swedish team of Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson, who were unseeded. And they had to be tired, having survived a marathon semi-final victory over France’s Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 19-17. The final match was close, but Federer/Wawrinka prevailed in four sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3, to give Federer his first ever Olympic gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Sweden-2 SWE Silver
3 United States-1 USA Bronze
4 France-2 FRA
5T Australia-1 AUS
5T India IND
5T Russia-2 RUS
5T Poland POL
9T Austria AUT
9T Spain-1 ESP
9T Russia-1 RUS
9T Brazil BRA
9T Belgium BEL
9T Great Britain GBR
9T Spain-2 ESP
9T Czech Republic-2 CZE
17T Bahamas BAH
17T Germany GER
17T Argentina-1 ARG
17T Sweden-1 SWE
17T Italy ITA
17T Chile CHI
17T Czech Republic-1 CZE
17T France-1 FRA
17T United States-2 USA
17T Argentina-2 ARG
17T Canada CAN
17T Israel ISR
17T South Africa RSA
17T Australia-2 AUS
17T China CHN
17T Serbia SRB