In the meantime the Davis Cup final next weekend, the tennis season ended sublime individually Monday at the Masters on a final won by Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer to conclude a year owned more than ever to the fantastic four.
In addition to the prowess of Djokovic to have retained his No. 1 world rank, the main highlight of 2012 is to have issued four different winners in the four Grand Slams, the first since 2003, thanks to the first victory in a major tournament of Andy Murray.
Djokovic play an encore no. 1
After the traditional coming and going between Federer and Nadal, that finished the year in no 1 to role turn between 2007 and 2010, Djokovic succeeded the double 2011-12, an authentic exploit in the competitive extremist context of the moment. If it has not reissued its exceptional year 2011, marked by three Grand Slam titles, the Serbian has been frightening consistency. On 17 tournaments contested, he won in six including the Australia open and the Masters, 5 times reached the final and the semi-finals 4 times. “In the end another fantastic year”, notes the elastic man.
Federer MILF triumphant
Winner of his 17th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, followed by Olympic silver medallist Switzerland 31 years implored any idea of decline to finish the year with six titles and a solid No. 2 global place. Proof of its vitality, he won more than 70 games (71 exactly against 12 losses) for the first time since his unreal year 2006 (92 v./5 d). Back to world no.1 after Wimbledon, especially he broke one of his greatest records of the number of weeks at the top of the world (302 against 286 to Pete Sampras). “Great year”, he said. And still no retirement in sight.
Britain was waiting for a winner in a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936. After four runner-ups, Murray, confidence by his Olympic gold medal, finally defeated the sign by overcoming the international of the United States. Even though he won only three titles in total, the Scots can say that it was his “best year by far. World No.3, he beat Rafael Nadal, winner of a seventh Championships and that was able to save his place in the Top 4 even though he has not played since Wimbledon due to an injury to the knee.
Behind the “Big Four”, a chasm… and Ferrer
Winning all the major trophies for two years, the fantastic four have still left of crumbs to the competition. Even eclipsed a bit the excellent season of David Ferrer, who won more titles (7) than anyone else in 2012, who won his first Masters 1000, Paris-Bercy, and the occasion complete with fanfare with Spain in the final of the Davis Cup against the Czech Republic. But the world no. 5 place resembles a ceiling for him and to disturb the hierarchy in 2013 it build more on Juan Martin Del Potro, very strong income this year.
The grandpas are the resistance
Since the emergence and the seizure of power generation Djokovic-Murray, succession was slow to assert themselves and Bernard Tomic, Marin Cilic, Nishikori Kei or Milos Raonic offer no credible alternative for now. Even if Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero have retired, the Top 20 is pretty aging and one of the stories of the year was the return to the forefront of Tommy Haas, 34 years old.