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The Year That Was In Men's Tennis

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The four Grand Slams in 2012 were won by four different players in a year which showed it’s anyone’s game in men’s tennis and here’s Sports Pundit’s look back on the calendar year.

Player of the Year Novak Djokovic finished 2012 as the world’s number one player after a year in which he claimed six titles including the Australian Open and season-ending ATP Tour Finals. Djokovic also made the French Open final and looks the man to beat in 2013.

Story of the Year Rafael Nadal’s upset second round exit from Wimbledon sent shockwaves around the tennis world with the unheralded Lukas Rosol enjoying his moment in the sun. However, Nadal wouldn’t play for the rest of the year with a knee problem which threatens his career. Hopefully he can re-discover his best before the 2013 French Open.

Breakthrough of the Year There’s no doubt everyone had a bit of time for Andy Murray when he finally won his first major with victory in a hard-fought final over Novak Djokovic at the US Open. Murray’s emotions after his final loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon was difficult to watch so for him to finally win a grand slam, at his fourth attempt, was well deserved and well earned. The Scot’s Olympic triumph was a nice morale boost too.

Bolter of the Year There were quite a few who pushed up into the top 20 this year such as Milos Raonic, but Juan Martin del Potro was a player who made a serious comeback which suggests he could be a potential Grand Slam winner again. The big Argentine showed signs he’s finally over his wrist injury with some breakthrough wins over Roger Federer late in the year.

Veteran of the Year Just when people were talking down the Swiss maestro, he returned to his best with a wonderful Wimbledon triumph where he masterfully beat Djokovic in the semifinals. Roger Federer won six titles during the calendar year but it was his 17th major triumph which had people taking real notice.

Australian Open Final: Novak Djokovic def Rafael Nadal, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 Semifinals: Andy Murray, Roger Federer

French Open Final: Rafael Nadal def Novak Djokovic, 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5 Semifinals: Roger Federer, David Ferrer

Wimbledon Final: Roger Federer def Andy Murray, 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4 Semifinals: Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

London Olympics Final: Andy Murray def Roger Federer, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4 Semifinals: Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic

US Open Final: Andy Murray def Novak Djokovic, 7–6 (12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2 Semifinals: Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer

ATP World Tour Finals Final: Novak Djokovic def Roger Federer, 7–6 (8–6), 7–5 Semifinals: Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray

Ben somerford
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