Analysis: ATP Tennis London 2012 tournament

Freddie Green 19 November 2012

The 2012 tennis season came to a dramatic conclusion last Monday as world number 1 Novak Djokovic prevailed in a three set slog against Roger Federer. The evenness in quality was evident in the final score of 7-6 (8-6) 7-5, but it was Djokovic who, supposedly inspired by his father’s illness, demonstrated greater perseverance, rounding up the match with an explosive backhand passing shot.

The tournament, hosted in London since 2009, provided entertainment a-plenty. However, U.S. Open winner and Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray began his campaign to ATP stardom with an unconvincing win over Tomas Berdych. Despite losing to Djokovic, he demonstrated feisty form in the three set match, and carried this through to his victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Nonetheless, his efforts were ultimately frustrated by a 31-year old Federer, whose experience afforded him victory in the semi finals, despite an often-wayward forehand.

Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro also merits recognition, for rounding off an excellent season with a win over Federer, battering at the Swiss man’s door with a heaving serve.

Serbian Janko Tipsarevic (reportedly not 100% fit) struggled to make an impact in the tournament, and was swiftly dispatched in straight sets by Del Potro early on. On the other hand, Spaniard David Ferrer put in a hearty performance against Federer himself, demonstrating his usual terrier-like tenacity, but fell victim in the tiebreak.

The Spanish doubles pair of Marcel Granollers and Marcel Lopez secured a victory over Indian pair Bhupathi and Bopanna, winning 7-5 3-6 10-3. The pair will compete next week in the Davis Cup against the Czech Republic, and will hope to bring the clever inter-play and defensive skills they demonstrated on Monday into the fixture. Britain’s Jonny Marray and his Danish partner Freddie Nielsen can take some consolation from having lost to the champions. Their Wimbledon title earlier this year will also soften the blow.

As nets are unfastened and rackets packed up, players can look back on a spectacular season of tennis; the Barclays ATP Finals most certainly stood testament to this.

Freddie Green