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Rafael Nadal of Spain, becomes the new Olympic champion, cementing his place in tennis history by winning gold in his first try. Nadal wins 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3, beating Olympic medallist Fernando Gonzalez, who settles for silver. In the calendar year preceding the 2008 Olympics, there was a shift at the hierarchy of men's tennis as Rafael Nadal displaced Roger Federer as the world number one. Tennis Men's Singles Final - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Rafael Nadal (ESP), Fernando Gonzalez (CHI), Novak Djokovic (SRB)