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.
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.