With 2015 less than 48 hours away, I don’t want to lollygag, dillydally or shilly shally around. This year, we saw the retirement of one of the most popular players on the WTA, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki ran a marathon, and a bunch of people dumped buckets of ice on themselves for a great cause (including us).
Furthermore, we had eight different Grand Slam singles champions for the first time in 16 years! Could the Big 4 be no more?
But before we get to those, let’s give out some awards!
Congratulations! We’ve made it another year. Another year that was filled with the usual: unbelievable matches, shocking upsets and ridiculous shot making. But this year was different, this year had something happen that in the past 2,011 years didn’t happen. Yup, you guessed it, this year we had Gangnam Style. You might hate it, you might love it, but either way, you know you’re singing along when you hear “heeeeeeeeeey, sexy lady.” If you are one of the very few, and I mean, very few, who has no idea what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and click here. And since we’re on the subject of firsts in 2012, and because this is “technically” a “tennis” blog just because it’s “technically” related to “Tennis Warehouse“: Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka both won their first Grand Slams. How about that!
Before we get to the 2012 T-Dubby awards, here is a quick recap of this past year:
– Novak Djokovic is human! But still really good. He couldn’t duplicate his unreal 2011 season but 2012 was no slouch.
– Rafa is still really good on clay.
– Rafa’s knees, in general, not as good.
– Roger Federer is still really good despite being 31 (that’s 58 in tennis years)
– When motivated and healthy, Serena is scary good.
– Blue clay is scary bad.
– Redfoo of LMFAO really likes tennis. Or really likes hanging out with tennis players. One of those.
With 2013 right around the corner (or if you’re following the Mayan calendar, maybe not), let’s take a look at this year’s nominees.
Australian Open Men’s Finals: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal
It was the longest match in Australian Open history and at the end, both players could barely stand during the trophy ceremony. I remember watching the 5th set and thinking that these guys were hitting the ball harder in that set than the 1st set. This was a match that ended at 1:27 in the morning, lasted almost 6 hours and featured the score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 to Djokovic. And yet, despite that all that, Novak Djokovic was still able to muster up the energy to rip his shirt off. How?! HOW?! I’m going gluten free.
Olympic Second Round: Milos Raonic vs. Jo Wilfried Tsonga
It was just a 2nd round match that featured the 5th seeded Tsonga and an unseeded Raonic. This was supposed to be a relatively win for Tsonga, who made it to the semi-finals of the last 2 Wimbledons. They exchanged sets and then the 3rd set happened. Let’s see here, the first 2 sets were 6-3, 3-6 for a total of 18 games. The 3rd set had a total of 48 games and ended 25-23 to Tsonga. That was exhausting just typing it out, let alone playing it out.
French Open Quarterfinal: Novak Djokovic vs. Jo Wilfried Tsonga
4 match points. Novak Djokovic battled off 4 match points to beat Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1. He also had to battle off a crowd that was audibly against him and for the Frenchman Tsonga.
US Open Final. Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka
After the 1st set, it looked like it would be another easy win for Serena Williams. But after Azarenka battled back to take the 2nd set, the match went to the decisive 3rd set, a first since 1995. At one point Azarenka even served for the match. But Serena, with the crowd behind her, and Serena being Serena, fought back and eventually won it 7-5.
Winner: Australian Open Finals: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal
The “Wow These Guys Are Good” Award (Best Point)
Rafael Nadal vs Tomas Berdych @ Australian Open
Olivier Rochus vs Fernando Verdasco @ Monte Carlo Rolex Masters
Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic @ ATP World Tour Finals