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Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Singles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Tennis Center, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: ESP Rafael Nadal
Silver: CHI Fernando González
Bronze: SRB Novak Đoković


The favorite was Spain’s [Rafael Nadal], who was the hottest player on the ATP Tour in 2008, and was poised to displace Switzerland’s legendary [Roger Federer] from the #1 world ranking. Nadal had recently won the French Open (as he always did) and Wimbledon, and had a 32-match winning streak that was ended at the Cincinnati Open, his final tournament before the Beijing Olympics. Both Federer and Nadal won their first three matches, but Federer was then upset by American [James Blake] in the quarter-finals. Blake then lost to Chile’s [Fernando González] in the semis in three sets, while Nadal advanced to the final with a difficult three-set win over Serbia’s [Novak Đoković]. Đoković was world ranked #3, but was not yet the dominant force in tennis that he would become in the next few years.

González was hoping to match his countryman, [Nicolás Massú], who had won the Olympic singles gold in 2004, but the final was relatively easy for Nadal, who defeated González in straight sets, although it was not a runaway, winning 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. The next day, Nadal advanced to become the #1 ranked player in the world, displacing Federer, who had been ranked #1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks. In the third-place match Đoković dispatched Blake with ease in straight sets to win the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rafael Nadal 22 Spain ESP Gold
2 Fernando González 28 Chile CHI Silver
3 Novak Đoković 21 Serbia SRB Bronze
4 James Blake 28 United States USA
5T Roger Federer 26 Switzerland SUI
5T Paul-Henri Mathieu 26 France FRA
5T Gaël Monfils 21 France FRA
5T Jürgen Melzer 27 Austria AUT
9T Tomáš Berdych 22 Czech Republic CZE
9T Gilles Simon 23 France FRA
9T Nicolas Kiefer 31 Germany GER
9T Olivier Rochus 27 Belgium BEL
9T David Nalbandian 26 Argentina ARG
9T Mikhail Yuzhny 26 Russia RUS
9T Lu Yen-Hsun 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Igor Andreyev 25 Russia RUS
17T Rafael Arévalo 22 El Salvador ESA
17T Andreas Seppi 24 Italy ITA
17T Willy Cañas 30 Argentina ARG
17T Dominik Hrbatý 30 Slovakia SVK
17T Nikolay Davydenko 27 Russia RUS
17T Kevin Anderson 22 South Africa RSA
17T Marin Čilić 19 Croatia CRO
17T Janko Tipsarević 24 Serbia SRB
17T Nicolás Massú 30 Chile CHI
17T Victor Hănescu 27 Romania ROU
17T Thomas Johansson 33 Sweden SWE
17T Rainer Schüttler 32 Germany GER
17T Agustín Calleri 31 Argentina ARG
17T Stanislas Wawrinka 23 Switzerland SUI
17T Michaël Llodra 28 France FRA
17T Lleyton Hewitt 27 Australia AUS
33T Dmitry Tursunov 25 Russia RUS
33T Lee Hyeong-Taek 32 South Korea KOR
33T Tommy Robredo 26 Spain ESP
33T Yu Xinyuan 23 China CHN
33T Robin Söderling 23 Sweden SWE
33T Fred Niemeyer 32 Canada CAN
33T Thomaz Bellucci 20 Brazil BRA
33T Chris Guccione 23 Australia AUS
33T Ernests Gulbis 19 Latvia LAT
33T Nicolás Lapentti 31 Ecuador ECU
33T Komlavi Loglo 23 Togo TOG
33T Max Mirnyi 31 Belarus BLR
33T Sun Ping 24 China CHN
33T Juan Mónaco 24 Argentina ARG
33T Ivo Minář 24 Czech Republic CZE
33T David Ferrer 26 Spain ESP
33T Zeng Shaoxuan 26 China CHN
33T Steve Darcis 24 Belgium BEL
33T Simone Bolelli 22 Italy ITA
33T Nicolás Almagro 22 Spain ESP
33T Jiří Vaněk 30 Czech Republic CZE
33T Jarkko Nieminen 27 Finland FIN
33T Kei Nishikori 18 Japan JPN
33T Robby Ginepri 25 United States USA
33T Andy Murray 21 Great Britain GBR
33T Devin Mullings 21 Bahamas BAH
33T Marcos Daniel 30 Brazil BRA
33T Frank Dancevic 23 Canada CAN
33T Radek Štěpánek 29 Czech Republic CZE
33T Sam Querrey 20 United States USA
33T Jonas Björkman 36 Sweden SWE
33T Potito Starace 27 Italy ITA