A new champion, a new history

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It is amazing how quickly four years go by. Sports wise, huge changes take place. Some athletes rise to great heights while others fall. Tennis is no exception. Three of the four finalists from the men’s and women’s singles of 2008 have retired and with Nadal injured, a new champion is all but guaranteed.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are undoubtedly the favourites to win gold, having won Wimbledon a few weeks ago. Both have been handed difficult draws, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see one of them go out early. Federer has drawn Falla in the first round, the man who took the Swiss to five sets at Wimbledon two years ago. On the other hand, Williams has drawn Jankovic, a former World No. 1 and Grand Slam finalist.

Like so many other previous Olympic Games, you can never count out the rest of the field. For instance, the 2004 Olympic Games saw Nicolas Massu (a player ranked outside the top 8) clinch both the singles and doubles gold medal. On the women’s side, the 1996 Games saw Lindsay Davenport win gold (who was World No. 9 at the time). It should shape up to be an interesting Games with the British public once again supporting their locals and hoping for a reverse of fortunes.

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