Olympic roundup: U.S. teams win in softball, women's basketball

By The Associated Press Modified: August 16, 2008 at 1:10 am •  Published: August 16, 2008
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Last American ousted in tennis; Nadal makes final
An American won't win the men's tennis singles title at the Beijing Games.

James Blake, the last hope left, lost to Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, who blew four match points before winning 6-4, 5-7, 11-9 on Friday.

Blake then accused Gonzalez of failing to concede a point with Gonzalez serving at 8-9 in the final set. On the first point, Blake hit a backhand passing shot long but contended the ball hit Gonzalez's racket before landing, as TV replays confirmed.

"Playing in the Olympics, in what's supposed to be considered a gentleman's sport, that's a time to call it on yourself,” Blake said. "Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn't call it.”

Gonzalez said he was uncertain whether the ball hit his racket.

Gonzalez, seeded 12th, will play in Sunday's final against Rafael Nadal, who beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to clinch his first Olympic medal. Blake will play Djokovic for the bronze medal.

New women's No. 1 Jelena Jankovic lost in the quarterfinals to No. 6 Dinara Safina, who will play China's Li Na in the semifinals. The other semi will pit Russians Elena Dementieva and No. 9 Vera Zvonareva.

In doubles, Serena and Venus Williams, both eliminated in singles, won twice Friday to reach the semifinals. Roger Federer and teammate Stanislas Wawrinka upset top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan to reach the men's doubles final.

•Softball: Turns out, the U.S. women are as dominant as ever.

First they set an Olympic record with four homers in a 7-0 victory over Japan. Then they resumed a rain-stopped game against Canada, trailing 1-0.

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