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After a relatively poor season start, Roger is diagnosed with glandular fever. He nevertheless reaches the finals in Paris and Wimbledon and wins the US Open for the fourth consecutive time. An emotional highlight is his doubles victory with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing where they win Olympic gold. 

It is the first time that Roger wins no titles during the first three months of the year. He is eliminated by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals at the Australian Open. On March 7th, Roger announces that he has been suffering from glandular fever since December the previous year. This viral disease weakens him and explains his rather poor start of the season. 

His wins his first tournament of the year in Estoril and reaches the finals in Monte Carlo, Hamburg as well as Paris. It is Rafael Nadal who eliminates him at all three clay court tournaments. The defeat at the French Open is especially excruciating, since it is the third time that Roger fails to defeat the Spaniard.

Roger finds his perfect form again at the lawn tournament in Halle, capturing the title for the fifth time. He continues his spell of being unbeatable on lawn right up to the final round in Wimbledon. The final, played over five sets and becoming the longest in Wimbledon history, ends Roger's spell of 65 consecutive lawn victories. After almost five hours, Nadal wins in the London twilight.

After this depressing defeat, the Olympic Games are exactly what Roger needs. For the second time after Athens in 2004 he leads the Swiss delegation into the Olympic arena, holding the Swiss flag high. Numerous athletes from various nations and disciplines pose for a photograph with the superstar. Although he is eliminated in the quarter-finals, he comes up trumps with Stanislas Wawrinka in the doubles competition. The two win Olympic gold on August 16th after defeating the Swedish pair Aspelin/Johansson. 

Two days later, Roger no longer tops the ATP rankings and has to relinquish the position after having occupied the spot without interruption for 237 weeks. This by no means stops him from defending his title in New York. He wins his fifth US Open title in the final against Andy Murray, equalling the achievements of Sampras und Connors. The co-operation with his coach José Higueras, engaged in April, is terminated at this moment despite the success. 

Thousands of fans welcome Roger back home in Basel on the market square of the city a few days later. Stanislas Wawrinka and the cyclist, Fabian Cancellara - who won gold in Beijing for time trials and silver for road racing - are likewise celebrated. Roger enjoys this expression of support, going on to win his home town tournament a few weeks later. 

He fails to reach the semi-finals at the Masters at the end of the season for the first time and sees the year out as the number 2 in the world rankings.