(BEIJING, August 15) -- Fernando Gonzalez of Chile guaranteed himself a second consecutive Olympic medal when he moved into the final of the Men's Singles by posting a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 win over James Blake of the United States.
The No. 12 seed, Gonzalez saved three match points against his serve in the 12th game of the third set, frustrating Blake's attempt to put himself into the final, which will be a best-of-five-sets match.
The last man to win back-to-back Olympic medals in Tennis was Charles Winslow, who won gold at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games and bronze at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games.
Gonzalez, who saved match point to win the bronze medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, will face the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sunday, August 17.
Blake will play the loser of the Nadal and Djokovic match for the bronze medal on Saturday, August 16 at the Olympic Green Tennis Center.