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Dethroned Federer seeks Midas touch

Roger Federer’s crown has lost its lustre and a shiny medal of Olympic gold would be very welcome for the king of men's tennis after being dethroned by Rafael Nadal.

sports Updated: Aug 03, 2008 23:14 IST

Roger Federer’s crown has lost its lustre and a shiny medal of Olympic gold would be very welcome for the king of men's tennis. After being dethroned by Rafael Nadal --- the Spaniard beat Federer at the French Open final befoere prevailing again at the Wimbledon. Nadal won a five-set epic on Federer’s Centre Court fortress.

The world number one turns 27 on the day of the Beijing opening ceremony and he will have to rediscover his A-game after also suffering a surprise defeat in the Toronto Masters to France's Gilles Simon.

Nadal is again lurking in the strongest field at an Olympic tournament since it returned to the Games in 1988.

The top five men in the world and seven of the top 10 women will gather in Beijing. Wimbledon champion Venus and sister Serena will start as favourites to emulate their domination in Sydney eight years ago when Venus won the singles and then teamed up with her "little" sister to win the doubles.

"I love the Olympics," Venus said at Wimbledon where she claimed her seventh grand slam title by beating Serena.

"To add to my medal would be amazing. It's probably bigger than a slam, I think so, definitely."

The highlights of Federer's two previous Olympic Games amount to meeting his long-standing girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in Sydney and carrying the Swiss flag at the opening ceremony in Athens four years ago.