Beijing, Aug 17 : Spain's Rafael Nadal on Sunday became the first top-five tennis player and the only Spaniard to win a gold medal at the Olympics Games.
Nadal thrashed Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in three sets 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to claim the Olympics men's singles title today.
With the Olympics gold in his kitty, Nadal is all set to become number one after more than three years ranked second behind Roger Federer.
He has won eight titles this year including his fourth French Open crown and first Wimbledon trophy, both at the expense of Federer, and has lost just once in 39 matches.
Nadal, an anonymous doubles player at Athens 2004 claims Spain's first tennis gold after Jordi Arrese and Sergi Bruguera were losing finalists in 1992 and 1996 respectively.