Showing posts with label Beijing Olympic Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beijing Olympic Games. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Nadal to carry Spanish flag at the London 2012 Olympics

Nadal to carry Spanish flag at the London 2012 Olympics

Rafa Nadal's wishes to march in the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 in front of the Spanish delegation will come true.

At the meeting of the Olympic federations on March 28th will be introduced a clause by which the champion, the best curriculum is in accordance with standard Olympic-experience can not repeat in successive games to make it plural.

This is the reason that David Cal, who led the Spanish parade in Beijing, will not be able to do it again. Furthermore, in preparing the Spanish canoeist is not even confirmed his presence in London that day, because it acts at the end of the Games.

Other Spanish athletes, Iker Martinez and Xavi Fernandez, also have a chance but they will be housed in Weymouth, 200 kilometers from the capital, and even they are allowed to attend the ceremony and will not begin to compete until three days later, is considered to be a long trip to do.

As Nadal was in Athens, but only played one doubles match, his file exceeds Samuel Sanchez, the other individual Olympic gold could be in London.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rafael Nadal received honors from the Spanish Olympic Comitee

Rafael Nadal
"Rafael Nadal received honors from the Spanish Olympic Comitee"

The Spanish Olympic Committee paid a tribute to all the Spanish athletes that got medals at this year’s Olympic games in China as an acknowledgement for their incredible performances that made the country proud. Rafael Nadal was not able to make it to the award ceremony but Viviana Ruano Pascul and Anabel MEdina Garriguez, who won medals in dobles, were there.

In the ceremony, each of the winners received a medal as a symbol of credit from the hands of Prince Felipe, who was quick to praise Rafa and all the other athletes for their achievements.

He encouraged them to continue to “conquer more success in their sport and share kindness and compassion for others”. “The values and talent you project out to the world is a wonderful base to build a set of virtues that will shine through and will show the real image of our nation, internationally” said the Prince.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Rafael Nadal Final

Rafael Nadal
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Rafael Nadal Final
R. NADAL def F. González 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Q. Now that it's over and you've added the Olympic gold medal to a year that seems to be getting better and better for you, can you talk a little bit about how the Olympics, playing here, the travel, playing the entire week, how that may or may not affect what's ahead now in the next couple of weeks going to New York?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, right now I think is not the moment for thinking New York, no? Now is the moment for enjoy this moment because I am having unbelievable year. So is more than -- nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year, so I want to enjoy these moments, no?
I know how difficult is win these things, and especially here, because you only have one chance every four years. And win here for me is, well, unbelievable, no? Just can say thank you very much all my team for supporting me all the time. Thank you very much all the athletes in the village, because I spend a fantastic time there.
I was two weeks here. I arrived very tired after flying directly from Cincinnati to here. And the reason probably what I won -- the reason for I won this title is because I have a fantastic time here enjoying a lot in the village. Thank you very much all the Spanish athletes for coming every day to supporting me. So that's was amazing experience for me, no?

Q. The second set tiebreaker, it seemed to change the match. You raised your level up. Was that the key for you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure, when you win the tiebreak, especially when you are two sets up, everything is a little bit easier later, no? Especially because he lost a chance in the second with two set points. I played a very good tiebreak. That was decisive in the match.
And finally in the third set, I have a little bit more chances for have another break, but I didn't. So finally I won with one break.
But I think I played almost perfect match, no?

Q. I think to be No. 1 in the world, to win Paris, to win Wimbledon, to win the Olympic Games are different feelings? Are they all the same feeling? Can you express something different for each of these four different incredible results you had? Can you try?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, everything is different feeling. But, you know, win here is more than -- the feeling is a little bit more special, no, because I know in the tennis, the Grand Slams are a little bit more important than here. But here you only have one chance every four years, no?
Probably for the tennis player are a little bit more the slams. But for sportsmen, the Olympic Games are more important than everything.
I don't know what different feelings I can express. The thing is, win here, I feel like I win for all the country. That's more special, no? I win for a lot of people, not only for me.

Q. Tomorrow you're going to wake up with a gold medal by your side and also being ranked No. 1 in the world. What makes you so good right now?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I did very well the last few years, too, no? I always try to improve my tennis, try to be better player than before, every month, every month, every year.
So finally, probably this year I improve, no? I am having good confidence for play in Wimbledon. I'm having confidence for play on this surface, too, hard. On clay, I had the same results the last few years. I am playing an unbelievable season, no doubt. And I know how difficult is win these things. I have to be very happy for everything, no?

Q. You've got a Wimbledon, you've got a golden medal, and tomorrow you're going to be the new No. 1 of the world. How do you plan to celebrate this? When you look back at everything you've done in this year, how do you feel? How would you describe the season and feeling of being the new No. 1 in the world?
RAFAEL NADAL: The feeling, well, for sure I am very happy for be No. 1. But the feeling doesn't change too much because the last years I did very well, too. I was very happy being the No. 2. So finally I'm No. 1. For sure is a satisfaction, but at the same time I know -- I don't know. I don't have time to celebrate. I play New York in one week. So I want to enjoy that these two days probably, but later I have to be focused on New York.
So probably after New York, after Davis Cup, after Davis Cup I'm going to have a good time for celebrate, no (smiling)?

Q. Some players said you're the most popular sportsman in the village, signing autographs every minute. How do you feel about it? How do you like it?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no? I was there. I feel the same like every other athlete. And I think they feel the same like me, no? They feels like me.
I did some photos. I did some autographs. But always was a pleasure, no, because I did with another sport man. That's always a very good feeling, have a photo with another sport man like me, no?

Q. To be a successful athlete there are four factors. Number one, talent. Number two, coach. Number three, opportunity. Number four, hard work. So to become as successful as you are, what percentage would you allocate to each of the factors?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know, no (smiling)? Some things probably is coming because the things are coming. But for the rest of the things is important, have a good work, no, have a good peoples around you for give you a good work. I think I had a very good people around me, and I think I have in the present, too, no?
So for that reason I think I am here right now. The percentage I think is impossible to calculate.

Q. Do you think it's possible to be a different pressure being No. 1 instead of No. 2, as you're trying to hold on to something instead of going after something?
RAFAEL NADAL: Different pression? No, I don't think so. I say for me, doesn't change too much two weeks ago and right now. The pression is the same because I will be No. 1 tomorrow, but at the same time I want to continuing win the same titles like when I was No. 2. I want to continuing be in the top positions like I was when I was No. 2. Probably I'm going to be No. 2 another time in a few months.
You never know, no? I think the pression doesn't change.

Q. Do you think you can improve your game? If yes, what can you improve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always you can improve, no? If Federer can improve, me for sure. For sure I can improve the slice; I can improve the serve a hundred percent. I can and I must improve my serve, no? I have to improve a little bit more the volley, too. And the rest of the things, for sure I have to continuing improve.
I'm happy, but always you can play a little bit more inside the court, you can play a little bit more long, you can play a little bit more close to the lines. Everything can improve always, no? Important is be with good humble for continuing try improve, no?

Q. You got huge crowd support today and all of your matches here in Beijing. How big was it for you to have the crowd behind you?
RAFAEL NADAL: Always is very important have the crowd behind you, no? Here the crowd was very nice with me all the time. The Chinese public, too. Especially to the athletes who comes from the village for supporting me, the Spanish athletes. That's always a pleasure. I just can say thank you to the Chinese fans and especially the athletes, too, no?

Q. Do you think the No. 1 player of the world takes some responsibility to contribute to developing the game in the underdeveloped part of the world, for instance, Bangladesh?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, if Bangladesh want to do something with me.

Q. I'm not saying only Bangladesh.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know my English is not perfect, so is difficult to express something like this for me, no?
I say, if I can help with something to Bangladesh, the people just have to tell me and it's gonna be a pleasure for me always.

Q. When you switched on your telephone, who did you speak to first?
RAFAEL NADAL: I only spoke with my uncle and coach, no?

Q. There was some concern this summer about how condensed your schedule was because of the Olympics. Is it worth it now?
RAFAEL NADAL: Not only for the Olympics.

Q. Spain has had an incredible summer with the Euro, the Tour de France. Can you say how proud you are of your country.
RAFAEL NADAL: We must be very happy, no? We win a lot of important titles in the last month - the last few years, too. We have very good sportsmen in Formula One, in Moto, tennis, football, cycling, too. In everything. In golf we have a good talents, too, good golf players. With a lot more things we are in the top positions of the world, no?
So Spain is a big country, but not the same like another ones, and we are in the top positions, so we have to be very happy for these things, no? We know how tough is be in the top positions on everything, and in sports, too. So we have a good -- I forgot one very important: basketball.

Q. What would you say was your favorite moment of the Beijing Olympics?
RAFAEL NADAL: Favorite moment? Every day was different, no? So every day was a special moments. I lived special moments in the village. I don't know. I was knowing a lot of people here in the village, and always was a pleasure know new people, no? Sometimes you see some athletes, all athletes of the world, but especially Spain on TV, and finally you know. So that's always a pleasure.
I enjoy a lot - more than a normal tournament. Is totally different experience. I love that.


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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Fernando Gonzalez Final Interview

Fernando Gonzalez
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Fernando Gonzalez Final Interview
R. NADAL def F. González 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Q. How would you describe the match? Was it so tight, so difficult for you?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Well, the Olympics is one thing and the match is another. I think I always try to win every point.
But today Rafa, he surprise me a lot with his serve. He put many first serve in. With the first ball, he was playing really, really comfortable because he was dominating since the first ball.
But I think I have chances in the second set and I didn't take it. And after that, I mean, he was dominating. He was make me run a lot. And I didn't have a really good feeling of the ball. I mean, I miss many forehands.
But I think Rafa, he's bringing many, many balls back. That's why I miss a lot maybe.

Q. What is it like playing Nadal right now, the best player in the world?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Well, the condition was slow and that's not good to play against Rafa because he brings one or two extra balls than any other player, so he's a great athlete. It's tough because you're trying to go in and he makes you a passing shot.
Today I didn't have a good feeling of the ball in my forehand. I miss maybe 10 or 12 that normally I make that shot, you know. And today, in the front was him. He's bringing many, many balls back. I think he's a great player and he's a great champion because he been winning every important tournament in the past months.

Q. It seems more of the top players in the world came to the Olympics than the last few times. Why do you think this is?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: I mean, I think now they realize how important are the Olympics for your country. I mean, maybe a few years ago, they don't really care about that much. But for me always is really important because, I don't know, the feeling of the people back home. It's special to me.
I get medals in the last Olympics. And now for the second time, it feels much better, I mean, because you know what it is.

Q. You now have all three medals, the gold, silver and bronze.
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: That's the good news (smiling).

Q. Will you always remember the backhand volley that you missed on the first set point? That wasn't so difficult.
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: Well, I mean, looks easy. Looks easy. But when you're running a lot, you get a little bit tired, you get a little bit dizzy. I was expecting like a passing shot to the other side. I just find the ball.
You know, I'm going to keep remember the next two points that I miss, easy balls. I mean, that one is part of the game, can happen. Normally if I'm playing good, I'm not gonna miss it. But can happen.
The next two balls I miss easy forehand. But is part of the game.

Q. Can you comment on what it's like to win that silver medal today?
FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ: I came here with a dream, with a goal to get one medal for my country and for me. When I get to the final, of course I want the best one, you know. Always you want the best one.
But I know for me it's a great feeling. I mean, it's a great goal. I did it in Athens and now I did it here. The Olympics means really much for me. So that's why I'm really happy. I'm little bit sad about the match. But, I mean, after everything, I'm really happy.


Interview from ASAP
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Beijing 2008 olympic Games Singles Medals Ceremony Photos

Beijing 2008 olympic Games Singles Medals Ceremony Photos

Rafael Nadal took the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games after defeating Fernando Gonzalez on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic won the bronze medal after defeating Jambles Blake on Saturday.
Check out the pictures from the Beijing 2008 olympic Games Singles Medals Ceremony Photos...



















Gisela Dulko in Beijing to Support Fernando Gonzalez

Gisela Dulko in Beijing to Support Fernando Gonzalez

Gisela Dulko who is supposed to play in New Heaven this week, was asked to stay in Beijing a couple more day to be with her boyfriend, Fernando Gonzalez, during the final against Nadal on Sunday.

Hans Gildemesteir, Chile's Davis Cup Captain, said he asked Gisela, who had a flight to catch after Fernando' match against Blake, to stay a little longer to support the Chilean.
Even she had to play in the US this week she accepted and choose to stay in Beijing.

Gildemesteir said that after the semifinal match against Blake, Gonzalez, was very tired but happy and when he saw Gisela after the match they hugged each other and the Chilean was very emotional.

Gisela Dulko in Beijing to Support Fernando Gonzalez


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Rafael Nadal claims Olympic gold with devastating win over Gonzalez

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal claims Olympic gold with devastating win over Gonzalez

Rafael Nadal keeps making history on the tennis courts after defeating Fernando Gonzalez in the men's singles final of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games tennis tournament on Sunday.

The title came as the icing on the cake for Nadal, who has won Roland Garros and Wimbledon this season and starting Monday he will be the world number 1.

In spite of the pair splitting the previous six meetings in career, the match turned in Nadal's favor from the very beginning, with Rafael taking the first set 6-3.

Gonzalez fought back into the game with his powerful forehand in the second set. He should have closed out the set when he was leading 6-5, 40-15 on Nadal's serve, but the Spaniard scored four straight points to force a tiebreak, where the Chilean was troubled by unforced errors.

Gonzalez lost concentration in the third set, dropping an early service game to trail 3-1 behind. Although he beat three match points in the eighth game on his own serve to stay in the run, Nadal still won it 6-3 on his fourth match point.

Rafel Nadal has now a better chance to claim the Golden Slam -- four Grand Slams plus an Olympic gold medal. He now has to work on the U.S. Open and Australian Open after winning his fourth consecutive French Open title and his first Wimbledon trophy this year.


Article from Xinhuanet
AP Photo/Elise Amendola


Video: Washington 2008 - Saturday Highlights

Washington 2008 - Saturday Highlights

Juan Martin Del Potro continues his great run of from against Tommy Haas while Viktor Troicki books a place in his first ATP final with victory over Russian Igor Kunitsyn.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Roger Federer and Stanislias Wawrinka - Doubles Final

Roger Federer (R) and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrate after winning Olympic gold in the men's double's tennis match against Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson, at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre in Beijing
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Roger Federer and Stanislias Wawrinka - Doubles Final

FEDERER-WAWRINKA def Aspelin-Johansson 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3

Q. You had the ball in your hands to serve for the gold medal, how is your heart beating? What are you thinking?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it's not the first time this tournament or in my life I had to serve for a big match. But it definitely changed a little bit in doubles where sometimes you don't control that much yourself because guys usually go for huge returns. You know, when Stan held his serve easily, you know, going up 5-2, I knew it's basically all up to me if we don't break.
It's basically the moment you dream of being in, even though there is so much pressure to it. But it's exactly where you want to find yourself, facing the pressure and doing it. I had to go through quite a few second serves to win the game. That made it even harder. Played fantastic.
It's a dream come true. I mean, it's almost disbelief to some degree.

Q. I asked Michael Phelps what it was like to embrace the relays, where it's more than simply yourself. I wanted to ask you the same question. We know you as a singles player. It seemed like you were showing passion and emotion being a team player tonight. Can you talk about that.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I really grew up being a team player. Always have been. Love team competition: basketball, soccer. It's always something I've enjoyed doing. When I was in my first Davis Cup, I got my first Davis Cup nomination when I was maybe 16. It was for me the greatest thing.
What I tried to do today is, when I play Davis Cup is that atmosphere in the team is important. It's best, you know. It's really key to having a good atmosphere in the team. That's what we really have. That's why also we had such a good understanding of each other today on the court and throughout the whole week, two weeks. It's something we've been trying to build up for many years, and now especially the last month, talking a lot about how we would like to play doubles.
In the end, that it all comes together, it becomes such a sweet victory, you know, it's obviously fantastic. But, I mean, I've always enjoyed playing doubles. I haven't played it that much lately because obviously the focus was singles and Grand Slams and No. 1 in the world. But it's still something I enjoy doing, especially at the important stages. It's a great feeling, especially celebrating it together. It's way different to celebrating it alone in the pool. I guess Michael Phelps knows that, too. When he wins alone in the pool, it's not the same as when he wins it in relay. And I think you could see it when he won, I think, his third medal, how happy he was. When he wins the relay, it's just a different feeling.

Q. As we're constantly reminding you, this has been a rough year for you by your standards. In that context, in the moment when the last ball floats out, you've won the gold medal, what was that like for you?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, tough moment, second serve. I was just hoping the guy would miss the return. I told myself, you know, let me try for a big second serve because I know I have it in my game, otherwise I'll have Stanley at the net finishing it off himself.
I was just thrilled. Big moment. Sort of dream-come-true moment. You know, maybe comes around once in a lifetime. You know, after that, the celebration starts. It's crazy.
I think he did very well handling the situation, playing with me, because that's not always an easy thing. The way he played, he really played great. He really played the way I was hoping him to play. I think it's great for the future.

Q. Stan, all the questions are to Roger, but how is it for you? In particular, have you had to go through a process of going from being in admiration of this man to being his equal on the court?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, but since many year I know Roger. We practice together. Of course, for me, it's the best player ever in the world. When he told me we gonna play the doubles in the Olympic, it was a dream for me. Now we win the tournament. I tried to do my best all this weeks. Of course, now we won today. We was playing great tennis together. I'm very happy.

Q. Stan, what were your emotions like? What was your feeling as the match progressed?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: During the match, I just tried to be focused on the game. You know, it's never easy to play the final. But we was playing very good. I tried to stay focused on my game, on his game, to stay in the game.
After the match, of course, for me, it's a dream come true to win the Olympic gold medal. It's unbelievable for me.

Q. After more than four years you on Monday won't be No. 1. What is your feeling about this?
ROGER FEDERER: This feels good (holding up the gold medal). That's my feeling right now (smiling).
I have known that for over a week now, you know, about No. 1 rankings. But it's fine. You know, Rafa played great to get it. That's what I expected and hoped for, you know, many years ago when I got to No. 1, that if ever somebody were to take it away for me, he would have to play an incredible tennis schedule, you know, win the biggest tournaments, dominate the game basically, and then like this he can take No. 1. I didn't want it to happen that I would play completely bad and somebody would pick up No. 1 in the world.
So I think Rafa totally deserves it.

Q. I'd like to know why normally in the slams you don't play doubles, and you wouldn't care that much to win doubles. Here it's more important. Is that true or not?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I guess Olympics is different. It's like Davis Cup for me. If I enter this event, I mean, it gives me two opportunities to win gold really. At the same time it's something you just do. When you have the chance to play an Olympic doubles, you do it. In the Grand Slams, the problem is if I were to lose at the Grand Slam in singles because of my doubles, people would take me down. You know, You're playing bad. They wouldn't understand that I maybe played the doubles the night before or whatever it is.
I just want to take any kind of disturbance out of the equation, you know, going into a Grand Slam. I used to play, you know, Grand Slam doubles. But it's just too much. I'd rather be in the city, take it easy, or go and practice nicely for singles, instead of maybe, you know, having it there as a disturbance to my singles.
Unfortunately, singles has become too important. The tour is too professional to make mistakes like that.

Q. Until now you didn't play so many times Davis Cup.
ROGER FEDERER: I've played every year since I was 17.

Q. I'd like to know now if you think Switzerland has a chance to win the Davis Cup and you would definitely play more consistently? You can win singles, you can win doubles. And Wawrinka is No. 10 in the world.
ROGER FEDERER: I agree with you. I think chances are better than ever. I think last time we had two such high-ranked players, we go way back, Rosset and Hlasek were both No. 10 in the world at one stage, but I don't know at the same time. It was not at my level, but I think we definitely have great chances because we cover all surface: clay, indoor, grass, hard court, you name it.
Doubles, we always knew that we had some options with Allegro or with Stan. You know, I think we just proved it this week that we can play very good doubles.
I never had to prove to myself, that I'm a good doubles player. I did that when I came on tour and dominated good doubles teams. I would beat them easily. It's just a matter of playing a little bit more doubles. You know, I haven't made up the plan exactly yet for next year, but I think I'm definitely going to play the first round next year, and that hopefully will be in the World Group after beating Belgium in the relegation round.

Q. How do you value this gold compared with all your other achievements in tennis?
ROGER FEDERER: It's quite different. It's quite unique. I mean, I guess since '92, you know, when Marc Rosset won Olympic gold in tennis for Switzerland, it's something I quite remember. Who knows, maybe a little bit deep down in myself I was hoping to equal that one day or be part of the Olympic Games, seeing the great athletes being part of the Olympics was always something I looked forward to.
Right now this is quite a surreal moment. The joy of sharing this victory with somebody else who I like very much, who we had a great two weeks with, we've mentally been preparing for hopefully this moment, it's quite different to anything I've ever gone through. I could only maybe compare it a little bit to some incredible Davis Cup victories I've ever had. Other than that, it doesn't really compare a whole lot to Grand Slam victories.

Q. How old were you in that moment when you were so happy on court, embracing him, kissing everybody, laughing? In my opinion you were coming back when you were very young. It was someone completely different. Do you agree with me or not?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, the thing is, I can't just hug a stranger when I win singles (smiling). I could, I guess, but it's just not something you do. The guy would go like, Are you crazy or something? I would just rather not do it.
I think that's the difficulties, you know, I guess in singles play, that you're all alone on the court. You win, you sit down. Going through the ceremony is quite different. I'm not the type of guy that's going to run up into the stands and start hugging my family and all my people who came. I never did that; I will never do it. It's a different approach to winning.
In Davis Cup we've had some crazy moments, you know. People who know me, they know I'm very open and outgoing. It showed today. That's usually how I really am.


Interview from ASAP
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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Novak Djokovic - August 16

Novak Djokovic
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Interview: Novak Djokovic - August 16

N. DJOKOVIC def J. Blake 6-3, 7-6

Q. How do you feel?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Very happy. Very happy. I mean, to win any medal in the Olympics is a huge achievement for any athlete I think. Not many of the athletes get a chance to win a medal.
But for me, this bronze, which I won here, shines like a gold 'cause I think I've played all the tournament pretty good tennis.

Q. Can you describe the difference between playing something like this as opposed to the Grand Slams?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I think you can compare -- I mean, I was saying before that winning a medal in Olympics has an extremely big value for me. It's important for my career as well as the Grand Slam win.

But it's quite different, again, because here you play for your country in the first place. You represent your country. Conditions are different. All the things are different. You know, you just try to have as much as option as you can have, play even doubles, so you can get a medal in such a huge event with the biggest history in the sport, where the top athletes from all the sports all around the world come together and, you know, fight for the medal.
So everything comes from zero here, no matter if you're No. 1 of the world or 100, because everybody has motivation more to do well.

Q. Could you describe what is your state of condition now going into the US Open. What is your perception of Nadal and Roger Federer? Do you think Federer has reached his peak?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think I've motivated myself a lot with this bronze medal. As I said, I played really, really good tournament from the start. I think I, as well, had good chances to win the semifinal match against Nadal.
Right now I just want to think about my medal and enjoy it, celebrate it, because I've put a lot of effort in it. And then, of course, we don't have much time for celebrations because the fourth and last Grand Slam of this year comes in a week time where I have to be well-rested and well-prepared so I can get really far.
Last year I played finals there. I have points to defend. But I feel good there. I like the courts. I like the atmosphere. As I said, this medal will give me a big boost up.

Q. You played a big match against Nadal yesterday. How do you see this final between Nadal and González?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, both of the players deserve to be in the final. Of course, they played great tennis, as well, throughout the week.
Well, González already won a medal in Athens, singles and doubles. So he knows what it feels like to be in the last rounds of the Olympic tournament. Nadal will have his debut in an Olympic final and his first medal, so I'm sure he's going to have a lot of motivation to win a gold. The way he's playing, I think he's a favorite, but you never know what's going to happen.

Q. Are you going to stay in Beijing until the end of the Olympic Games or will you start your preparation for the US Open?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I might stay here if I want to lose first round in US Open. I'm afraid I'm not going to stay here because Olympics are too long, even though I would really love to stay and follow other sports. I have to go already in two, three days in time so I can prepare myself for US Open.
As I said, it's a really important event. If I have high intentions of being one of the top two, three players in the world in this year, I will have to do well in US Open.

Q. I want to know your opinion about the strength of Nadal. As you know, Nadal will be No. 1 on Monday. Do you believe his reign will be long or what about this?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don't know what should I say about length of his No. 1 place of the world. You know, it's very unpredictable. Tennis is like that. You know, it can turn around in a split of a second. If something bad happens to you, like injuries, because there is many tournaments and many players willing to get that first place of the world, so competition is getting stronger.
And the good thing about tennis this year is that you have many players who are winning some major events. It's a bigger competition, as I said, bigger line. It's more attractive for the fans, for the tennis fans.
It's gonna be interesting to see towards the end of the year who is gonna win more major events. Nadal absolutely deserves to be No. 1. He's been playing the best tennis this year. That's no doubt. Now, of course, for him next challenge will be to stay as long as he can there.


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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Saturday results

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Saturday results

Singles - Bronze Medal Match
(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d (8) James Blake (USA) 63 76(4)

Doubles - Gold Medal Match
(4) Federer/Wawrinka (SUI) d Aspelin/Johansson (SWE) 63 64 67(4) 63

Doubles - Bronze Medal Match
(1) Bryan/Bryan (USA) d Clement/Llodra (FRA) 36 63 64

Federer and Wawrinka win doubles gold at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Federer and Wawrinka win doubles gold at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Federer and Wawrinka win doubles gold at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Roger Federer won his first gold Olympic medal in doubles along with Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday.
Federer extended his arms in triumph and began to hop, then he embraced Wawrinka and they hopped together.

Federer and Wawrinka defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Federer had waited awhile for a big victory to celebrate, and when the chance came he was ready. This season has being tough for Federer but winning this medal will sure give the world number 1 extra motivation for the rest of 2008.

But he's now a medalist for the first time in his three Olympics and even he won't be the world number 1 on Monday he will go to the US Open with a a gold medal that he wished for.

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Novak Djokovic beats James Blake for bronze at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic beats James Blake for bronze at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Novak Djokovic, world number 3, defeated James Blake 6-3 7-6 to take the bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Saturday.

Djokovic had a great start and took the first set without any problems. Blake improved in the second, but Djokovic continue to serve supremely and he took it in a tie-break to complete the victory.

In the semifinals Novak Djokovic lost to Rafael Nadal while James Blake lost to Fernando Gonzalez.

Nadal plays Gonzalez for the gold medal on Sunday.

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Fernando Gonzalez Cheated?

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez Cheated?

There is a controversy going around the quarterfinal match between Fernando Gonzalez and James Blakes. The American has said that the Chilean might not have acted with the ultimate of sportsmanship

The problem came during the third set when Gonzalez served at 8-9 to stay in the match.They played a long rally that led Gonzalez to play a short volley which Blake ran down with a backhand directed at his opponent, Gonzalez got out of the way and saw the ball go long, but Blake was convinced it touched the Chilean’s racket and protested to umpire.
Replays suggested Blake had a point, but whether he was right to make such an issue of it is another matter, because the moment seemed to disrupt his concentration. Blake was broken in the following game, and Gonzalez took the match 46 75 11-9 and has the chance to get the gold.

James Blake said he felt Gonzalez hadn’t played according to the Olympic spirit, suggesting the Chilean knew the ball had hit his racket but didn’t say anything.
On his part, Gonzalez said he didn’t feel anything on his racket.

Whether the ball touched the racket or not, Gonzalez increasingly seemed the likelier winner, as Blake found it more and more difficult to keep the ball away from the Chilean’s booming forehand which did immense damage.

Let's hope this unfortunate incident doesn't doens't get in the way of the great Olympics we had so far.

I didn't get the chance to see the match but I will try to find that point and I hope it was just a misunderstanding but it would be very sad if what Blake said is true.

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Switzerland Versus Sweden in Beijing Olympics Final

Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland leaps in the air as he celebrates with his partner and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka (R) after winning a set during their Men's Doubles semifinal against brothers Bob and Mike Bryan from the US at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing
Switzerland Versus Sweden in Beijing Olympics Final

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will meet Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the gold medal match at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, while Bob and Mike Bryan will face Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in the bronze medal play-off.

Federer, who was defeated in the quarterfinals still has a chance to get the gold medal by winning two matches in a day with Wawrinka at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Friday.
Federer and Wawrinka advanced to the final after beating the top seeds, the Bryan brothers, 7-6(6), 6-4.

Federer and Wawrinka played the quarterfinals of the doubles also on Friday because the match was carried over from Thursday due to rain.
They scored a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Bhupathi and Paes in one hour and 22 minutes. The quarterfinal had been bad weather.

"Federer is the best player in the world,” said Paes. “Unfortunately we got stuck with him playing unbelievably well. I am still trying to figure out what we could possibly have done." Bhupathi said: "It's just too bad that we couldn't pull through on what is (India's) Independence Day today."

Aspelin and Johansson made it to the final with a marathon 7-6(6), 4-6, 19-17 victory over Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in four and 46 minutes on Friday night. In terms of games it is the longest best-of-three sets match in Olympic history.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Friday Results

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Friday Results

Singles - Semifinals
(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) d (3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 64 16 64
(12) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) d (8) James Blake (USA) 46 75 119

Doubles - Semifinals
(4) R Federer / S Wawrinka (SUI) d (1) B Bryan / M Bryan (USA) 76(6) 64
S Aspelin / T Johansson (SWE) d A Clement / M Llodra (FRA) 76(6) 46 1917

Doubles - Quarterfinals
(4) R Federer / S Wawrinka (SUI) d (7) M Bhupathi / L Paes (IND) 62 64

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Rafael Nadal, who will be the world number 1 on Monday, will try to add another trophy to his collection, the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and he is just 1 set away.

On Friday, Rafael Nadal, second seed, defeated Novak Djokovic, 3rd seed, in a 3 set battle. The match went to Nadal, who has secured at least the silver medal, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes.

On Sunday's final Rafel Nadal will meet Fernando Gonzalez, who already won the bronze medal in Athens 2004 in singles. Gonzalez defeated James Blake 46 75 11-9.

On his part Novak Djokovic will play against James Blake for the chance to take the bronze.

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Fernando Gonzalez Into Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Fina after defeating Blake

Fernando Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez Into Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Fina after defeating Blake

Fernando Gonzalez, who won a bronze medal in Athens 2004, has now the chance for something bigger. The Chilean has reach the final of the BEijing 2008 Olympic Games and will fight for the gold.
Gonzalez, who saved match points, beat James Blake 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 ending the American gold medal hopes.
The match turned when Gonzalez broke Blake's serve in the 19th game of the third set, then served to close it out. Blake fought off two match points in the final game, but finally succumbed on the third, hitting Gonzalez's serve into the net, at the two-hour, 52-minute mark in the match.

Blake, who scored a great win on Thursday after defeating Roger Federer, world number 1, missed a superb opportunity to put Gonzalez away in the 12th game when he had 3 match points. But the Chilean survived them all and then some, slugging his way to five straight points to hold serve and extend the match. There was no tiebreaker under the Olympic rules, as the players were left to play out the set.

Gonzalez will meet the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday's gold medal match.
Blake will meet the loser of that match Saturday in the bronze medal match.

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