Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's doubles

The men's doubles tennis competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was held from August 10 to August 16 at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre. The DecoTurf surface rendered the event a hardcourt tournament. There were 32 pairs from 24 nations.[1]

Men's doubles
Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Champions Roger Federer
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Runners-up Simon Aspelin
Sweden Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Final score6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Events
Singles men women
Doubles men women
← 2004 · Summer Olympics · 2012 →
Men's doubles tennis
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Olympic Green Tennis Centre Interior.jpg
Tennis at the 2008 Olympics
VenueOlympic Green Tennis Centre
Dates10–16 August
Competitors64 from 24 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Roger Federer
Stan Wawrinka
 Switzerland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Simon Aspelin
Thomas Johansson
 Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
 United States
← 2004
2012 →

The results returned Sweden and the United States to the medals stand for the first time since 1988, when the event was re-introduced in Seoul. The gold awarded to singles specialists Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka was the first medal for Switzerland in this event.

BackgroundEdit

This was the 13th appearance of men's doubles tennis. The event has been held at every Summer Olympics where tennis has been on the program: from 1896 to 1924 and then from 1988 to the current program. A demonstration event was held in 1968.

The American pair of Bryan brothers, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, had been the top seed in 2004 but exited in the quarterfinals. They were again the number one seed in Beijing.[1] The 2004 gold winning pair of Fernando González and Nicolás Massú returned, as did German silver medalists Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler and Indian fourth-place finishers Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. 2000 gold medalist Daniel Nestor of Canada competed once again with 2004 partner, Frédéric Niemeyer. Each of the Big Three competed, but expectations of them in the doubles were not particularly high.

Serbia made its debut in the event. France and Great Britain each made their 10th appearance in the event, tied for most of all nations.

QualificationEdit

Qualification for the men's doubles was primarily through the ATP ranking list of 9 June 2008. Nations had been able to enter two pairs (four players) in the event since the 2004 Games. Each nation was limited to a total of 6 male players in the singles and doubles events combined, so nations with 4 singles players could add only 2 more in doubles. The men's doubles draw was 32 pairs (64 players), with most of the pairs coming from the singles event where nations had 2 or 4 players. There were 10 quota places for direct qualification to the doubles event, based on world ranking. The ITF allocated 12 places based on ranking and continental and national representation (bringing the total number of male tennis players to 86).

Competition formatEdit

The competition was a single-elimination tournament with a bronze medal match. Matches were best-of-3 sets, except for the final which was best-of-5 sets. Tiebreakers were not played in the final set.

ScheduleEdit

August 11 12 13 14 15 16
Morning 10.30 10.30
Afternoon 17.00 17.00 16.00 18.00
(rain delay)
16.00 16.00
First Round First Round Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze Medal Match
Gold Medal Match

SeedsEdit

  1.   Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan (USA) (Semifinals, Bronze Medalists)
  2.   Novak Djokovic / Nenad Zimonjić (SRB) (First Round)
  3.   Jonathan Erlich / Andy Ram (ISR) (First Round)
  4.   Roger Federer / Stan Wawrinka (SUI) (Champions, Gold Medalists)
  5.   Nicolás Almagro / David Ferrer (ESP) (Second Round)
  6.   Rafael Nadal / Tommy Robredo (ESP) (Second Round)
  7.   Mahesh Bhupathi / Leander Paes (IND) (Quarterfinals)
  8.   Igor Andreev / Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) (Quarterfinals)

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

FinalsEdit

Semifinals Final (Gold Medal Match)
            
1   Bob Bryan (USA)
  Mike Bryan (USA)
664  
4   Roger Federer (SUI)
  Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
78 6  
4   Roger Federer (SUI)
  Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
6 6 646  
    Simon Aspelin (SWE)
  Thomas Johansson (SWE)
3 4 77 3  
    Arnaud Clément (FRA)
  Michaël Llodra (FRA)
666 17
    Simon Aspelin (SWE)
  Thomas Johansson (SWE)
78 4 19 Bronze Medal Match
1   Bob Bryan (USA)
  Mike Bryan (USA)
3 6 6
    Arnaud Clément (FRA)
  Michaël Llodra (FRA)
6 3 4

Top HalfEdit

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
1   B Bryan (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
6 6  
    M Knowles (BAH)
  D Mullings (BAH)
2 1   1   B Bryan (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
77 6  
IP   N Kiefer (GER)
  R Schüttler (GER)
77 3 1     J Knowle (AUT)
  J Melzer (AUT)
624  
    J Knowle (AUT)
  J Melzer (AUT)
636 6 1   B Bryan (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
6 6  
IP   C Guccione (AUS)
  L Hewitt (AUS)
4 77 18 IP   C Guccione (AUS)
  L Hewitt (AUS)
4 3  
IP   A Calleri (ARG)
  J Mónaco (ARG)
6 6416 IP   C Guccione (AUS)
  L Hewitt (AUS)
6 77  
    J Björkman (SWE)
  R Söderling (SWE)
3 3   6   R Nadal (ESP)
  T Robredo (ESP)
2 65 
6   R Nadal (ESP)
  T Robredo (ESP)
6 6   1   B Bryan (USA)
  M Bryan (USA)
664  
4   R Federer (SUI)
  S Wawrinka (SUI)
7 6   4   R Federer (SUI)
  S Wawrinka (SUI)
78 6  
    S Bolelli (ITA)
  A Seppi (ITA)
5 1   4   R Federer (SUI)
  S Wawrinka (SUI)
6 6  
Alt   D Tursunov (RUS)
  M Youzhny (RUS)
77 6   Alt   D Tursunov (RUS)
  M Youzhny (RUS)
4 3  
IP   F González (CHI)
  N Massú (CHI)
654   4   R Federer (SUI)
  S Wawrinka (SUI)
6 6  
    T Berdych (CZE)
  R Štěpánek (CZE)
7 2 6 7   M Bhupathi (IND)
  L Paes (IND)
2 4  
    M Melo (BRA)
  A Sá (BRA)
5 6 8     M Melo (BRA)
  A Sá (BRA)
4 2  
    G Monfils (FRA)
  G Simon (FRA)
3 3   7   M Bhupathi (IND)
  L Paes (IND)
6 6  
7   M Bhupathi (IND)
  L Paes (IND)
6 6  

Bottom HalfEdit

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
8   I Andreev (RUS)
  N Davydenko (RUS)
6 6  
    J Blake (USA)
  S Querrey (USA)
3 4   8   I Andreev (RUS)
  N Davydenko (RUS)
78 6  
    G Cañas (ARG)
  D Nalbandian (ARG)
78 653 IP   S Darcis (BEL)
  O Rochus (BEL)
662  
IP   S Darcis (BEL)
  O Rochus (BEL)
6677 6 8   I Andreev (RUS)
  N Davydenko (RUS)
2 77 4
    A Murray (GBR)
  J Murray (GBR)
4 6 6     A Clément (FRA)
  M Llodra (FRA)
6 646
    D Nestor (CAN)
  F Niemeyer (CAN)
6 3 4     A Murray (GBR)
  J Murray (GBR)
1 3  
    A Clément (FRA)
  M Llodra (FRA)
6 6       A Clément (FRA)
  M Llodra (FRA)
6 6  
3   J Erlich (ISR)
  A Ram (ISR)
4 4       A Clément (FRA)
  M Llodra (FRA)
666 17
5   N Almagro (ESP)
  D Ferrer (ESP)
3 6 6     S Aspelin (SWE)
  T Johansson (SWE)
78 4 19
    K Anderson (RSA)
  J Coetzee (RSA)
6 3 4 5   N Almagro (ESP)
  D Ferrer (ESP)
664  
    S Aspelin (SWE)
  T Johansson (SWE)
79 6       S Aspelin (SWE)
  T Johansson (SWE)
78 6  
    P Hanley (AUS)
  J Kerr (AUS)
673       S Aspelin (SWE)
  T Johansson (SWE)
77 6  
    M Fyrstenberg (POL)
  M Matkowski (POL)
6 6       M Fyrstenberg (POL)
  M Matkowski (POL)
654  
IP   X Yu (CHN)
  S Zeng (CHN)
3 4       M Fyrstenberg (POL)
  M Matkowski (POL)
1 77 7
    M Damm (CZE)
  P Vízner (CZE)
3 6 6     M Damm (CZE)
  P Vízner (CZE)
6 635
2   N Djokovic (SRB)
  N Zimonjić (SRB)
6 0 2

External linksEdit

  1. ^ a b "Doubles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 December 2020.