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Is Novak Djokovic the best ATP player of 2012?
With a number of titles, Novak Djokovic has had an amazing run in 2012 that made sure that the Serbian maintained number one ranking. So, is it the tight time to say that Djokovic is the best player for 2012?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has finished the year, 2012 as the number one player in the ATP circuit after he won the ATP World Tour finals in London defeating Roger Federer in the finals of the championship.

He has had a good run in the circuit this year; winning the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open and reached the finals of the French Open and US Open and also reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon and to it, add the coveted ATP World Tour finals, which is played among the best 8 players of the season.

This is consistency of the highest order, where players such as Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Rafael Nadal,  Federer and Andy Murray looked in great touch. So, one can rightly put it – Djokovic was the best player for the year in the ATP circuit, though not all may agree to it.

Arun Kumar, Chief coach of All India Tennis Association agreed. “The 2012 results show that Novak Djokovic was the best player on the year,” Kumar said. Every year, Djokovic is looking more strong with his performances in the Lawn Tennis court. He is at the peak of his game; he has beaten almost all players in the circuit.

Kumar also attributes his fantastic performance to his training team. It is these trainers who play an important tole in keeping Djokovic fit, even during long enduring seasons. “Mentally, emotionally and physically, he has become a very strong player,” added Kumar.

He has had good success in the last two seasons, where he has won a number of major titles, such as Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2011 including this year titles as well. If one gets the hang of success, then the player develops it into a habit, which was seen during the days of Federer's dominance. Kumar said, “Success is motivating him to perform so well with consistency. Earlier he used to lose during the quarter-finals and so on, but he has got the self belief now.”

He has developed into an all round player, irrespective of the surface that he plays on – be it clay, grass, gard courts or indoors; he has proved against the best of the best in the business. It is his game, which takes centre stage. Nar Singh, Director of AITA said, “The angles that he creates during the game is really amazing.” While Kumar said, “Djokovic's backhand is the best weapon that he possesses.” Tennis experts also consider his backhand to be the best in the business, when in full flow, Djokovic is really a tough player to beat.

But, there are some drawbacks in his game as well, which he needs to put a check in order to be successful for long duration. His temper in the court has been seen by fans world over, where he throws, breaks his racquet, when things do not go according to plan. Singh maintains that the player should not lose his temper but needs to be mentally strong and he will be a better player.

With such quality performance in 2012, expectations are going to increase when he puts his feet on the Lawn Tennis court next year. His fans expect him to dominate the circuit, like the way he has been doing it in the last two years. Kumar said, “Djokovic will dominate the year 2013 also, but Murray is also playing well. Nadal and Murray could be his toughest competitors for the next season.”

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