The 2012 Atp season can be described as one of the most thrilling seasons in the history of the ATP. This season was one of the few where anything was expected to happen. As a fan of the tour, one would have expected the restart of the rivalry between Djokovic (who was outstanding in 2011) and Nadal who was likely to seek some revenge against the Serbian. With Roger Federer fighting to remain in the picture and Andy Murray still struggling to match up against the top three seeds, no one could have predicted the outcome of this season..
The top 4 seeds
2011 proved to be an amazing year for the young Serb and he sought to carry the momentum into a new year. After enduring one of the longest grand slam finals of all time, he claimed his first major of the year. The French clays at Roland Garros however did not favour Novak as Nadal swept past him to win a record breaking 7th title. With Federer Building enough steam to win at Wimbledon and regain number 1 ranking in the world, Djokovic was left with the option of redefining his game or fading into the background. Nole however, managed to win the end of year ATP tournament to regain the top spot in tennis.
The year begun somewhat slowly for Federer who was suffered an injury scare. Making it to the finals either the Australian Open or French Open seemed almost impossible as both Djokovic and Nadal were on top form. When Wimbledon finally arrived however, Federer was back to his winning ways and managed to overcome Djokovic in the semis and Murray in the finals. The Swiss maestro shot back to world number one and a record setting 17 Grand Slam titles.
After suffering at the hands of Novak Djokovic throughout the 2011 season, most “Rafans”(a nickname for Rafael Nadal fans) expected a huge comeback from the king of clay this season. All seemed to be going well as Rafa managed to win a routine Roland Garros final against Novak and was looking to send that confidence unto the grass at the All-England tennis court. This dream was short lived when the Spaniard suffered an unbelievable loss to Lukas Rosol in the second round of the championships. His season ended with that loss and a knee injury scare which cost him the almost 6 months off the tour.
“Finally people can stop asking me that stupid question!” This statement from Murray summed up his year, and ended the long 76 year wait for a Grand Slam trophy. Defeat to Federer on home soils this year was treated differently by the Brit and we saw an even more determined Murray. He return to centre court at Wimbledon to win gold in the Olympics and in similar fashion, the US Open against his good friend, Novak Djokovic.