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(4) David Ferrer of Spain
When Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Olympics, hard-working and, of late, very successful David Ferrer of Spain was granted the No. 4 seed.
Ferrer’s run deep into tournaments was paying dividends as his ranking continued to climb. He even did well on grass in 2012, including the courts at Wimbledon.
Previously at the All England Club, the Spaniard advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to Andy Murray, the eventual Wimbledon finalist.
At the Summer Games played on the same grass courts, many expected Ferrer to advance at least that far in the draw. But Ferrer was unexpectedly upset in the third round by the No. 15 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.
That left Ferrer no chance to medal in men’s singles.
Feliciano Lopez also went out in the third round in men's singles to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6, 6-4.
But, both Spaniards were still alive in men’s doubles.
After taking out the experienced team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski from Poland 7-6, 6-7, 8-6, the Spaniards next eliminated Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.
Nothing in doubles was coming easy for the Spaniards so far.
In the quarterfinals, Lopez and Ferrer finally won a reasonable match without too much drama over Croats Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-4.
In the semifinals, Ferrer and Lopez went all out in a losing effort against the French team of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 4-6, 18-16.
That meant that in order to medal, Lopez and Ferrer had to win the bronze-medal match against another French team—Julian Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.
With nothing left in the tank, the Spaniards fell short again, losing 7-6, 6-2.
After all the hours of play and the pain of losing close matches, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez came home empty-handed.
Not a nice ending for the Spaniard—for either Spaniard, as far as that goes...