Federer, Wawrinka Win Men’s Doubles Tennis Gold
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BEIJING — Roger Federer extended his arms in triumph and began to hop. Then he embraced his doubles partner and they hopped together.
Federer had waited awhile for a big victory to celebrate, and when the chance came he was ready. He added a gold medal to his extensive trophy collection by teaming with Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Olympic doubles today.
The Swiss duo beat Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
For Federer the victory was a moment to savor in a frustrating year. He lost in the quarterfinals of Olympic singles, his Grand Slam total has been stalled at 12 since last September, and his 4½-year reign atop the rankings will end Monday when Rafael Nadal becomes No. 1.
But he’s now a medalist for the first time in his three Olympics.