ITF: Djokovic Best In 2012

International Tennis Federation (ITF) has once again announced Novak Djokovic as the best tennis player in the world.

Djokovic came first in ITF’s selection before direct competitor Brit Andy Murray, thanks to the fact that he finished second year in a row at the first place of ATP list, successfully defending the title on Australian Open.

First racket of Serbia played also in finals of Roland Gaross and US Open, and won five ATP titles, including the final Masters of the season in London.

“I am proud to be selected as the ITF champion for second year in a row”, said Djokovic, who in 2011 had one of the most successful seasons in the history of the game, winning three out of four Grand Slams.

World’s number one stated that such season, as was the one in 2011, is not easy to repeat.

“It was very difficult to repeat such a success, but it was nevertheless a great satisfaction to win one Grand Slam, play two big finals, and win the final Masters”, said Djokovic.

Serena Williams was honored as the ITF women’s tennis champion. She took this honor for the third time in her career.

Novak vs Andy, Biggest Rivalry Of 2012.

Duels between Serb Novak Djokovic and Scott Andy Murray have been named the biggest rivalry in sports in 2012 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

The Serb and the Brit played seven matches this year, and Djokovic came out as a winner in four of them.

Most interesting match between the world’s first and second player was seen in the Australian Open finals, which Djokovic won 3:2 in sets.

Tennis lovers were also thrilled by incredible points in the US Open finals, when Murray triumphed, winning the first Grand Slam title of his carrier.

Djokovic and Murray met at ATP tournaments 17 times so far, with Djokovic being more successful, currently in the lead 10:7.

London Belongs To Djokovic

What a champion!

Novak Djokovic, world number 1, won the final masters tournament in London.

With the score 7-6, 7-5 Novak defeated world number 2 Roger Federer.

By constantly managing to break against each other, two best players in the
world today gave a fantastic performance in the British capital.

Even though Djokovic started the match significatly worse than Federer, the
Serb managed to get back in the game after 0-3 in the first set, and then
won the set in tie-break.

In the second set, Novak had to chase Federer’s advantage once again,
managed to tie the score, and in the final game, when Federer was trying to
stay in the match, took away that chance from the Swiss with a fantastic
volley.

By winning the tournament, Novak Djokovic confirmed his domination in 2012, and will finish it as world’s number one.

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Novak Returns To ATP Top

The best Serbian tennis player of all times, Novak Djokovic, will return to the ATP list top position on November 5, 2012.

The current world No. 2 is not to return to the top position after winning a tournament, but due to a decision of the ATP officials to take away all the points tennis players earned at tournaments in Basel, London and Paris this year. The decision is a consequence of an ATP attempt to coordinate this and next year’s tournaments timetable.

The decision heavily affected the current tennis champion, Roger Federer, who will be stripped of 3.000 points while Novak is due to lose “only” 560.

Since the difference between the current ATP No.1 and No.2 players have been 195 points, Novak will retake the top position and gain a significant advantage over Roger after the announced recalculation.

New Chinese Emperor

After 3 hours and 22 minutes, the best Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, triumphed over the Briton, Andy Murray, at the Shanghai Masters Tournament 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3.

The Brit edged the first set, which had seven breaks of serve, with Djokovic reacting angrily by smashing a racket. The Serb retaliated by saving five match points in the second set before taking the tiebreak and breaking Murray twice in the third.

In a top-class nerve wracking match, the British world number three showed plenty of the form, but Djokovic – who had lost his last two matches against the Scot, at Flushing Meadows and in the Olympic semi-final at Wimbledon – threw everything at him.

The second set was packed with drama, with Murray breaking to lead 4-3 and serving for the match at 5-4. But having saved his first match point, Djokovic regained confidence leveling the set proceeding to save four more in a tie-break lasting more than 20 minutes. He  sealed the set with a volley that led to fist-pumping celebrations.

With the momentum in his favour, Djokovic broke to go 4-3 up in the decider and broke Murray again in the ninth game when the Scot went long with a backhand. It ended Murray’s winning run in Shanghai and gave Djokovic his fifth title of the year.

“It was a thrilling match,” said the Serb. “Three and a half hours for best of three is quite long. But I have got used to it. Whenever I play Andy, I know it’s going to be a grueling fight with a lot of long rallies. It could have gone either way. I could not say I dominated the match because all three sets were very close and he had some match points. I could have easily been a runner-up today but I’m very proud of my fight.”

Murray said he was disappointed, but paid tribute to Djokovic.

“I’ve lost tougher matches than that before and I’m sure I will recover,” he said. “But it was a top-quality match. Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times.”

The Shanghai triumph brings world number two Novak Djokovic closer to the world number one Roger Federer with just 195 points separating the ATP rankings of  two tennis giants.