In a recent interview to the International Tennis Federation, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal recalled his 2008 Olympic Gold medal that he won beating the Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets, 6-3 7-6(2) 6-3.
It was the first time that a Spanish player won a gold medal at the Games. Nadal also achieved one in doubles at 2016 Rio de Janeiro alongside Marc Lopez. But speaking about that success in Beijing ten years ago, the current world No.
1 said: 'I felt very big emotions. It is one of the most important victories in my career, without a doubt, so I was just happy about that and I really enjoyed the whole experience in Beijing. To finish the two weeks there with a victory was so, so special for me.
It’s different than any other event but at the same time it is the most difficult event to win, because you’re only going to have maybe one or two, or if you’re lucky, three chances in your career. So you appreciate the thing that you made it, and those were my thoughts at that moment.
I had very high emotions when listening to the national anthem, and at the same time knowing it’s something special. Winning the Olympic gold medal is one of the most important things in my career. At the end of the day the most important thing is your personal feeling and, for me, that I won the Olympics is at the higher level.' Nadal is proud about this achievement: 'I enjoy knowing that I’m an Olympic champion.
But I don’t think very often about the things that I won. That’s the real thing. I go day by day and I’m happy with all the things that have happened in my career and my life.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title