Posted on: August 17, 2008 5:07 pm

Nadal and Dementieva win Gold in Beijing

For the first time since February 2, 2004, Roger Federer is not at the top of the world rankings. Rafael Nadal, who won the French Open, Wimbledon and the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, is the new leader of the tennis world.

Federer’s streak of 237 weeks as world no.1 is the longest ever. Pete Sampras’ longest such streak was “only” 102 weeks.

Nadal is the 24th player, and third Spaniard after Juan Carlos and Carlos Moya, to reach the no.1 spot in the world rankings.

Russia’s Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva swept the medals at the Olympics in Beijing. With five Russians in the top 10 of the WTA Tour rankings, this sweep is no surprise.

Safina has had the best summer of her life on the tennis court. Don’t be surprised if she reaches the final of the U.S. Open, three weeks from now.

Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won the doubles gold medal at the Olympics. Federer showed more emotion in one week of doubles play than in years of singles. He also proved that the best singles player in the world can easily dominate the doubles as well. Ask Bob and Mike Bryan what they think of the Swiss master. The American twins earned the bronze in China, Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson the silver.

Venus and Serena Williams claimed the doubles gold medal in Beijing, just as they did in Sydney in 2000. They beat Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual in the final. Yan Zi and Zheng Jie managed to claim the bronze for China.

Fernando Gonzalez lost to Nadal in the final in Beijing. He now has 3 Olympic medals, silver and bronze in singles and gold in doubles that he claimed with Nicolas Massu in Athens, in 2004.

Novak Djokovic earned the bronze medal for Serbia. He went to the final at the U.S. Open last year, losing to Federer in the final. He may go all the way this year.

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