|Nadal is bidding to become the first two-time Olympic singles champion|
Reigning Olympic champion Rafael Nadal will be Spain's flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The announcement was made just a few moments ago by the Spanish Olympic Federation. The institution voted unanimously in Nadal over the other contestant, Regatta sailor Iker Martinez.
For Rafa, this is "one of the happiest moments" of his career. In a message sent to fans on Facebook, the King of Clay said it's "an honor to be the carrier of the Spanish flag at the London Olympics". 2012 French Open champion had already expressed, on several occasions, that carrying Spain's flag would be "a dream of a lifetime".
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Federation chose Nadal due to his list of achievements, which include 11 Grand Slam titles and the Olympic title at 2008 Beijing. Nadal is bidding to become the first two-time Olympic singles champion, male or female.
Other tennis players, such as Russian Maria Sharapova and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, have already been selected to carry the flag for their countries. Roger Federer will likely be Switzerland's flag bearer.
Nadal's message on Facebook posted this afternoon: