Summer Olympic Games 1996 – 2012
There is a straightforward explanation for Chile’s record in Olympic tennis – blind luck. Nicolas Massu never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam but a shock defeat for Roger Federer cleared his path to win a gold medal in 2004. His compatriot Fernando Gonzalez won the bronze, and they joined forces to claim another gold in the doubles.
Gonzalez, who never won a major either, upgraded to a silver in 2008, also benefitting from Federer’s woes, then losing to Rafael Nadal in the final. Federer made amends with victory in the doubles with Stan Wawrinka. After Andy Murray’s title at London 2012, only Novak Djokovic of the top men’s players is missing a gold medal. Rio is his chance.
The top women of their era, Venus and Serena Williams, have won a title each in singles, and another three together in doubles. Five of Team USA’s nine golds are down to them.
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