It’s been emotional. We’ve seen the most open year in awhile for the men’s tennis season as well as some of the most memorabls battles on the court. Feedback this year from our Wimbledon hospitality clients was staggering, with many praising it as the “best sporting event ever”. With such passion in mind we’ve put together our highlights from the 2012 men’s majors.
Digging Deep Down Under
The major season got off to a cracking start in Australia as Nadal and Djokovic battled for early supremacy and a vital psychological boost. Nadal showed once again that he has the heart of a lion as he fought back from love-40 to take the fourth set into a tiebreaker and save himself from almost certain defeat. Nadal would then rage ahead to lead 4-2 in the 5th set only for Djokovic to show the reason why he’s now held in the same esteem as Nadal and Federer and claw his way back to take the final set 7-5. Both men showed what it takes to be a Grand Slam winner and their exhaustion was obvious when they had to sit through the sponsors speeches at the end!
Novak The Escapist
Djokovic once again showed his determination when he made the trip to the French Open final far tougher than anyone would have anticipated. In the fourth round against relative minnow Andreas Seppi, Djokovic found himself two sets to love down and scraped through to win the next three sets with mediocre play at best. Djokovic then had to escape from a far more serious predicament in the next round when he had to save four match points against home player Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a tiebreak, before dispatching of Tsonga in the 5th.
However Djokovic’s survival instincts were overshadowed at the French Open by The King of Clay – Rafael Nadal – winning his 7th title. Only Djokovic was able to take a set of Nadal in the French Open, in the final, and even then the Spaniard responded with his typical display if monster forehands.
Of course another highlight of 2012 was The King of Clay’s defeat in the second round of WImbledon when he lost to Lukas Rosol who was ranked 100th at the time. Rosol played like a top 10 player instead not missing a thing and hitting powerful, accurate shots to move Nadal off the court.
Roger Federer Ties Pete Sampras’ 7 Wimbledon Titles
An overview of the men’s tennis majors wouldn’t be an overview without some mention of the Swiss Maestro equaling or breaking another record. This year Pete Sampras’ record 7 Wimbledon titles was equaled by Federer. There were no question marks on Federer’s route to the final either as he beat defending champion Novak Djokovic fairly convincingly 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Murray jokingly referenced to Federer’s age in his runner-up speech, after some elements of the media were of the opinion thought he was perhaps past it. However Federer’s play showed just how wrong they were and Wimbledon’s second favourite player (after Murray of course) was a worthy winner.
Ladies & Gentlemen Say Hello To Hello Andy Murray, Open Champion
It took 5 times to finally do it, but Andy Murray won his first slam in fine style, beating Djokovic in scintillating style. Many would argue luck was in Murray’s favour with Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament and Federer’s shock exit from the tournament, but lets not forget he beat tennis’ best player for the last 2 years to win. Of course it’s also worth mentioning Murray showed huge bouncebackability in the previous month by easily dispatching of Federer to win Olympic Gold, especially as he lost on the same surface to Federer a few weeks prior to that
Goodbye Roddick, It’s Been Aces!
Roddick has had perhaps tennis’ biggest ever challenge, not only did he have to plug the void left in American tennis by Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras’ retirment, but he had to compete in tennis’ ‘Golden Generation’. Roddick displayed passion, grit, determination and a godly amount of humility in his career which sadly only contained one Grand Slam title. It’s quite pointless to say but Roddick would have certainly won more slams if he wasn’t thwarted by the likes of Federer and Nadal at every turn in his quest for the elusive second slam. Now he’s retired he’s left another gap in American tennis but left a legacy as one of the most powerful players ever in the sport.