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Roger wins Olympic gold medal!

16.08.2008 | Tennis

Roger made up for the disappointment of missing out in the singles by winning his first Olympic gold medal as he teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka to claim the doubles title on Saturday. The Swiss pair beat Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

 

Against Johansson and Aspelin, Roger's thumping groundstrokes and Stan's impressive backhand gave the Swiss the early advantage. After winning the first set, they soon broke to lead 3-1 in the second before the Swedes responded. It took a tie-break, which Johansson and Aspelin won, to decide the third set. A brilliant reaction volley from Roger helped break Aspelin again at the start of the fourth set, our star eventually serving out the match.

 

"It is like a fantastic dream comes true, I feel really happy to win the gold medal. It is great, I enjoy that," said Roger in the mixed zone. "I have tried for several times to get a medal, and I came really close to the medal in Sydney where I finished fourth. Since then I can't stop thinking that If I am the best player in the world, I should do the same in the Olympics, and then finally I made it, it is really special also because it is for Switzerland, you know, our country can not get so many medals at one Olympics, maybe one or two, but this time I got a gold medal, it is for my country, I really feel different, as it is for my country, it is different from the Grand Sam where I did it for just myself."

 

At the medals ceremony, when they played the Swiss national anthem and Roger and Stan stood on the highest platform, both were clearly on the edge of tears.

 

 
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08/21/2008 | 02:55 PM
Congratulations Roger. To win a gold medal is really special. I'm from Canada, so I was cheering for my country, since we didn't win I am thrilled that you did!!!!

Gaylene
08/21/2008 | 09:40 AM
i am very happy about your medal
this winning is very important for you i think
and you want to make good things for your country not only for yourself. this is amazing
you are a real champion and you will be forever
good luck at us open
enjoy your
08/21/2008 | 08:42 AM
Congratulations for your Gold Medal in Beijing. All the best and look forward to seeing you back at No.1 again :)
08/21/2008 | 05:04 AM
FELICIDADES ROGER....ME ENCANTA VERTE JUGAR. SUERTE EN EL US OPEN. MAITE GABRIELA DESDE VENEZUELA.
08/21/2008 | 02:25 AM
My dear Roger the Great, the Golden boy,

Many many congratulations to you. I just cannot express how happy and proud I am of you. I am almost speechless. What a great achievement. You are a gold medalist, you fulfilled your dream. You deserve this
08/21/2008 | 02:22 AM
DEAR ROGER:
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, AND I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU ABOUT THE PICTURES AT THE MEDALS CEREMONY, WOULD BE NICE TO SEE HOW WAS ALL THAT, BEST REGARDS

ESTHER
08/21/2008 | 02:05 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER AND STAN!! I'm so happy because you both deserve to get a gold medal for your beautiful country but I think for oneself it's important too.
Well, Good luck in US open to you!!
Come on guys!!

Pili
Barcelona
08/21/2008 | 01:37 AM
I'm happy!!!
You are the Best!!!
success you in US-OPEN ))))))
08/21/2008 | 12:41 AM
congratulations Federer and Stan.I so happy for you. Federer you are the best, the tennis king.Now you need to think only in the U.S Open. You're going to win, cause you are the best, you're really good.You are the best, come on Roger!
08/20/2008 | 09:48 PM
Roger, I was so proud of you when I read that you had won gold. I was very excited. I knew you could do it! Hugs!!!!