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Swiss tennis medal guaranteed

Roger Federer's dream of an Olympic medal is certain to be fulfilled, after he and Stanislas Wawrinka won their semifinal doubles match on Friday against the top-seeded pair.

This content was published on August 15, 2008 - 18:22

Federer and Wawrinka beat the US twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6, 6-4, to win a place in the final and a guaranteed gold or silver medal.

Their success comes a day after Federer's disappointing defeat in the quarterfinals of the men's singles.

It was the second game of the day for the Swiss pair: they first had to complete their rain-delayed match against the Indian couple Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes, which they won 6-2, 6-4.

In Saturday's final they meet the Swedes Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin, who battled their way through against the French pair Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, finally winning 7-6, 4-6, 19-17.

Meanwhile James Blake, the man who defeated Federer in the singles on Thursday, was himself beaten by Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.

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