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Fernando Gonzalez: Olympic clean sweep

Published 1632 GMT (0032 HKT) August 2, 2012
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Fernando Gonzalez, left, poses with his silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games after being beaten by Rafael Nadal, center, in the final. Novak Djokovic, right, took the bronze. Getty Images
Gonzalez was asked to be Chile's flag bearer at the 2008 Olympics in China, an honor he described as "huge." Chile had only ever won 13 medals before London 2012, and Gonzalez can boast three of them. Bongarts/Getty Images
Gonzalez and partner Nicolas Massu proudly show the gold medals they won in the men's doubles at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Getty Images
Gonzalez only made it to one grand slam final in his 13-year pro career, at the Australian Open in 2007, when he was beaten in straight sets by one of the greatest players of all time -- Roger Federer. Getty Images
Gonzalez turned pro in 1999 but came to prominence in the early 2000s, when he won the first of his 11 ATP Tour titles. He also beat some big names, including 14-time grand slam champion Pete Sampras. AFP/Getty Images
Gonzalez won the ATP Tour event in Chile four times. Here he celebrates after beating Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in the 2004 final in Vina del Mar. AFP/Getty Images
Grass was not Gonzalez's favorite surface and he struggled at Wimbledon, reaching the quarterfinal stage just once in 2005. Getty Images
Gonzalez's last tournament was the Miami Masters in March 2012. He bowed out of the professionla game after a 13-year career with a first-round defeat to Nicolas Mahut. Getty Images