That loss was actually the most unexpected not because Ronald Susilo was the better player; in fact everything just went wrong with Lin Dan's game. Nothing seems follow his order. His reaction and attacks were not helping either. Had he won that match, i will say he would have reach the semifinal at least and end up with a medal of any colour (i wont say gold because he was only 20 that time) However, if he never lost that match, will he be the same as of today ? Taufik won the OG and WC but later he turned into a crappy player with no good results for the next 7 years. That's the huge difference.