Okay, I'm a full-fledged convert now. Anyone who ever thought (as I once did) that Roger Federer was more machine than human should look at this strange ritualistic celebration he performs over the supine body of his doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka after they won their Olympic semi-final (don't blink, it's in the first couple of seconds of the video). I have no clue what the gestures mean but I submit that no robot on earth could be programmed to do them, not even a Swiss one.
So now we have a situation where Rafa and Roger could both finish the Games with a gold medal - one in singles, the other in doubles - just a day before the official changing of the number 1 ranking. Who would've thought it.
(Meanwhile, young Shamya Dasgupta is in Beijing and putting up photos of himself at matches featuring Nadal and Federer. Unquantifiable envy strikes.)
Update: Roger and Stan won the gold. Here's another video. And an AP news report that begins on this richly evocative note: "Roger Federer extended his arms in triumph and began to hop. Then he embraced his doubles partner and they hopped together."