Many have asked me, after Nadal, whom would I consider to have been the best players during 2012
So here are my top 5 during 2012, and to avoid my usual lengthy analysis, I'll just provide short rationale:1.Rafael Nadal
- reasons already given
2. Roger Federer
- consistent highest level of play, winning several titles, including a 7th Wimbledon triumph for his 17th major overall, and an Open Era record number of weeks at #1 (302
) through Paris-Bercy.3. Andy Murray
- climbed out of his spot behind the top 3 and played at a top level from Wimbledon through the US Open, including capturing the Olympic Gold as a bonus.4. Novak Djokovic
- 2012's ATP computer #1. Overall I was not happy with the Serbian Slayer. It was a year.of bookends for him with few wins between. He eked out the Australian Open on the surface best suited for his play, taking almost 6 hours to get it done in a "survival of the fittest" match. Nadal outplayed him there; he just didn't win.
Novak also won the last big tournament of the year, the ATP World Tour Finals (aka, YEC, Master's Cup) at London's O2 arena, just beating Roger Federer, who was obviously tired from the rest of the year's exploits.5. David Ferrer
- an outstanding consistent season all the way through topping all players in titles won. Unfortunately he didn't win a major, but major's aren't the only tournaments in town. He still beat some of the biggest players in the game.
So far in 2013
, it looks like it might be a repeat year for the King of Clay
- Rafael Nadal, who has won everything in sight after a prolonged absence, including his 8th Roland Garros Title. Somebody will have to play tremendously well to overcome Nadal's top play during this year. But to be fair, I'll start a new thread at the end of the year for 2013...