By winning gold in this Beijing Olympics, Rafael Nadal cemented his place in tennis history by winning gold in his first try. In the calendar year preceding the 2008 Olympics, there was a shift at the hierarchy of men's tennis as Rafael Nadal displaced Roger Federer as the world number one, after his record consecutive 237-week stay at the top of the rankings.
Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Chile's Fernando González in the final, 6–3, 7–6 (7–2), 6–3 to win the gold medal in Men's Singles tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The win gave him the third of five components of the career Golden Slam , having already won the French Open and Wimbledon .
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Tennis Doubles Men's Final - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - SUI, SWE, USA By teaming with Stanilas Wawrinka, Roger Federer finally captures a gold medal to add to his trophy collection. Wawrinka and Federer triumph over Swedes Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin 3-1 in the men's doubles final.
The Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match was held on 16/08/2008 at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre. Federer/Warinka (SUI) claimed the Gold with a 4-set victory over Johansson/Aspelin (SWE) Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match | Beijing 2008 Replays
Tennis - Men's Singles Tennis Medals: Gold: Rafael Nadal, Spain: 3 (6, 7(7), 6) Silver: Fernando Gonzalez, Chile: 0 (3, 6(2), 3) Bronze: Novak Djokovic, Serbia Republic: 2 (6, 7(7))
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After a long wait of 64 years IT was reintroduced in the 1988 Seoul Games and has been a part of the Olympics ever since. As of 2008 Beijing Games, it is USA that is at the top with 17 gold medals. However, as far as total medals tally is concerned, it is Great Britain that leads with 40 medals: 15 gold, 13 silver, and 12 bronze.
China won a total of 100 medals, 51 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze, which became its largest ever medal tally in Olympic history. On August 17, 2008, China achieved its greatest ever Olympic performance when the women's table tennis team defeated Singapore in the final to claim the nation's 33rd gold medal, surpassing the previous best tally of 32 at Athens 2004.