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2012 ATP TOUR SUMMARY :
2012 started with a bang in January with Novak Djokovic edging out Rafael Nadal in an epic 5 setter that lasted just on 6 hours at the Australian Open which on reflection, was probably the match of the year.
Nadal returned fire on clay in June at Roland Garros in 4 and the scene was set for Wimbledon, with both Federer and Murray in pretty good form for the year as well, and on their best surfaces.
Disappointingly, Rafa injured his knee in the early rounds of Wimbledon and subsequently missed the rest of the year.
Federer went on to beat Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final and then Murray got his break through win in a slam at the US Open, beating Djokovic in a 5 set match to round out the slams for 2012.
So whilst Novak has a clear lead at the top, there’s no shortage of challengers snapping at his heels.
2012 WTA TOUR SUMMARY :
The 2012 Womens season was a pretty tight affair all year. With Serena Williams concentrating on the Grand Slams and not playing a full schedule these days, it was left to Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka to fight out the number one spot all year.
Azarenka grabbed number one from Wozniacki after last years Australian Open win and held it for the majority of the year. Sharapova briefly took over in June through a hot part of her season, but Victoria grabbed it back in July and held on for the rest of the year and was crowned the Womens 2012 champion.She won over US$8 million in prizemoney alone in 2012, not bad for a 23 year old from Belarus.
2013 GRAND SLAM SCHEDULE :
The Australian Open January 14th-27th 2013: The 2013 ATP tour traditionally kicks off with the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia.
The Australian Open is played on a hard court surface similar to the US Open in the heat of summer in Australia. With matches scheduled both day and night throughout the fortnight, the heat and a bit of luck with the schedule can certainly play a part in the results of matches.
The defending mens champion in 2013 is Novak Djokovic who defeated Rafael Nadal in a 6 hour marathon and the longest final in Grand Slam history. After beating Andy Murray in the semi’s in another long 5 setter, Djokovic showed his early season stamina and prevailed in a tight 5th set against Nadal 7-5.
On the womens side, Victoria Azarenka beat an in-form Sharapova 6-3,6-0 in a bit of an anti-climax, as Sharapova was showing some devastating form in the lead up to the match In doing so moved, Azarenka to the top of the womens rankings, a position she held onto by the end of the year.
The French Open May 26th-June 9th 2013: The second Grand Slam of the year is played on clay in Paris at Roland Garos in what is usually a grueling affair.
Because of its high bounce and slow nature, the clay courts somewhat negate the serve-volley game and in turn produce long matches, with rallies lasting many more shots than they do on the other Grand Slam surfaces.
Nadal has been pretty much unbeatable in the past 5 years on clay, his best surface and has won the last 3 French Open titles, beating Djokovic in 4 sets in 2012. Azarenka was bundled out in the fourth round in 2012, which paved the way for Sharapova to be crowned 2012 French Open womens champion and in doing so temporarily rise to Number one in the world on the womens side.
Wimbledon June 24th-July 7th 2013: The 2013 season backs up pretty quickly after the clay court season, as the circuit moves to grass in the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year.
The only Grand Slam on grass and the oldest tournament in the tennis world, winning Wimbledon is considered the ultimate jewel in a tennis players crown. This is Roger’s tournament, a 7 time winner and defending champion in 2013. With Andy Murray playing in his first Wimbledon final in 2012 and taking out the first set, the whole of Britain was crossing their fingers. But Federer showed how dominating he can be on the surface, producing some amazing tennis to take the title in 4.
6th Seed Serena Williams took out the final of the ladies tournament, beating 3rd seed Radwanaska in 3 sets and with Sharapova dropping out in the fourth round, Azarenka took back the No.1 mantle with her straight set semi-final loss to Serena.
The US Open August 26th-September 8th 2013: The final Grand Slam of 2013 is played in New York on hardcourt.
Andy Murray finally broke through for his maiden Grand Slam victory after beating Djokovic in a high quality 5 set match on the men’s side. So in the 2012 year, Djokovic made 3 of the 4 Grand Slam finals, winning only one.
After engaging Ivan Lendl as his coach at the start of 2012, Murray was finally able to take out a Major after coming close on a number of occasions
Serena Williams made it US Open number 4 and 2 slams in a row beating Azarenka this time in 3 sets, 6-2 2-6 7-5.