2012 saw tennis in different avatars, all of them enhanced the global status of the sport.
There were highs and lows for the players themselves, but the sport remained the winner always.
A new Grand Slam champion on the men's tour while the women's tour had new No. 1 stars, though not everyone was convinced about the logic of the ranking system.
No. 1 or not, players gave their best in moments that would go on to define their identity in the game.
Let us look at such moments, the ones that define the 2012 season.