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Nadal and Federer loan gold medals to Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal wins gold in Beijing.
by Alexandra Willis
Thursday 8 March 2012

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have loaned their Olympic gold medals to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum for the Museum's Olympics tennis exhibition, put together in celebration of this summer's Olympic Games.

Any visitor to the new exhibition in the Wimbledon Museum will be able to see Federer and Nadal's gold medals, both won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, on display, alongside those of Kitty Godfree and other Olympic tennis champions.

Federer, who won gold in the men's doubles event in Beijing alongside Stanislas Wawrinka, has made it clear that one of his greatest ambitions is to claim the singles gold medal at Wimbledon, and join Nadal as the only male players ranked inside the world's top five to be crowned Olympic champion.

The Spaniard triumphed over Fernando Gonzalez in Beijing to claim gold in 2008, six weeks after winning The Championships at Wimbledon for the first time.

"The Olympics at Wimbledon is very important to me," Federer said yesterday in Indian Wells. "It's probably going to be the biggest Olympics for tennis players in our lifetime."

Nadal agrees. "The Olympics are a very special event. Being able to live those moments with other sports people, that's very special," he said.

The Olympics Exhibition at Wimbledon will be added to bit by bit as the London 2012 Olympics approaches, and will run until the end of the year.

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