Federer wins first Olympic medal
18 August 2008
BEIJING – Roger Federer has added a gold medal to his extensive trophy collection by teaming with Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Olympic doubles on Saturday, beating Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
Federer extended his arms in triumph and began to hop. Then, he embraced his doubles partner and they hopped together. Federer had waited a while for a big victory to celebrate, and when the chance came he was ready.
For Federer, the victory was a moment to savour in a frustrating year. He lost in the quarterfinals of Olympic singles, his Grand Slam total has been stalled at 12 since last September, and his 4½-year reign atop the rankings will end Monday when Rafael Nadal becomes No. 1.
But he’s now a medallist for the first time in his three Olympics.
"Sort of a dream-come-true moment," Federer said. "Maybe it comes around once in a lifetime. It’s almost disbelief, to some degree."
[AP / Expatica]