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Today In History: Rafa Nadal wins Olympic Gold

8/17/2013Rafaholics ™

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 August 17, 2008

As Rafael Nadal stood in front of the medal podium, his nation's flag draped across his back like a cape, he looked a little like a Spanish Superman.

In tennis, he is.

Already assured of the No. 1 ranking, Nadal was No. 1 at the Olympics. He won a gold medal today, overcoming two set points in the second set and holding every service game to beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

The gold medal was the first ever for Spain in Olympic tennis, and another milestone in an astounding summer surge by Nadal, who will officially end Roger Federer's 4-1/2-year reign atop the rankings tomorrow. Nadal has won 38 of his past 39 matches, including victories over Federer in the finals at the French Open and Wimbledon.
"Nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year," Nadal said. "I know how difficult it is to win these things, and especially here, because you only have one chance every four years."

Full Match:

XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES Press Conferences:

  1. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 17 ] R. NADAL def F. Gonzalez 6-3, 7-6, 6-3
  2. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 15 ] R. NADAL def. N. Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
  3. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 14 ] R. NADAL def. J. Melzer 6-0, 6-4
  4. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 13 ] R. NADAL def I. Andreev 6-4, 6-2
  5. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 12 ] R. NADAL def. L. Hewitt 6-1, 6-2
  6. XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES [ August 11 ] R. NADAL def P. Starace 6-2, 3- 6, 6-2


Check out some of my favorite shots of the final! They are HQ!

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