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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


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