Tennis 2012: Numbers to Daze You
Numbers rarely tell a story, they say. Unless you go beneath the surface and look at the factors driving them.
In the tennis season that went past, there were quite a few statistics that were amazing, to say the least.
These numbers may not be repeated in the coming future but that does not deter us from looking back and wonder how they came to be.
Will we ever get such numbers again? Maybe. Maybe not. But these are the ones that made this year feel different.
What are these numbers?
The Bryan twins have won one Grand Slam in a year for the last eight years.
Amazing consistency from the pair who have ruled the doubles scene for a long time.
They are easily the best since The Woodies pair (Woodforde and Woodbridge) from Australia.
For the first time in the last fifteen years, Venus Williams was not seeded at Wimbledon.
Venus lost in the first round to Elena Vesnina in the singles competition but roared back in the doubles with her sister Serena.
Is it a sign of the future?
Venus, with her injuries, is happy to just be competing, forget winning any tournament.
If there is a way to come back, Venus will definitely be there on the court.
Number of Grand Slam finals lost by Andy Murray before he won his first one.
The same as his coach, Ivan Lendl.
Now that the monkey is off his back, Andy Murray is looking for the No. 1 ranking.
Martina Navratilova was the last woman 30 or older to win the US Open (25 years ago in 1987), before Serena Williams accomplished the feat this year.
It is a toss-up between the two right now for the best player ever on the WTA Tour.
Federer had won 21-straight matches at night in the US Open.
Until Tomas Berdych, in 2012, happened.
Federer on hard court, especially at night, is a huge mountain to climb for his opponents.
Berdych hit all the right points that night to make it to the semifinals.
Andy Murray made the entire United Kingdom proud with his win in the US Open.
It had been 76 years since a male player from the U.K had won a Grand Slam.
Andy will be wishing and hoping that it won't take such a long time for the next one!
In 2002, Serena Williams had completed the double by winning the Wimbledon and US Open titles.
She repeated the feat once again this year with a dominating performance in the second half of the season.
Add to it the Olympic gold, and this season has been amazing for Serena. Her longevity now has added a new feather to her crowded crown.
Seven and Eight
Nadal and Federer won seven titles on their favourite surfaces—French Open (red clay) and Wimbledon (grass), respectively.
Though this record is not an unexpected one, considering their strength on the respective surfaces, their continued excellence is amazing.
It is also the first time in eight years that a Grand Slam semifinal did not include Nadal or Federer—another record for longevity here.
The last time the ATP Tour had four different Grand Slam champions in a year was nine years ago.
Coincidentally, two of these champions (Ferrero and Roddick) have announced their retirement this year.
Is this the year when things will change drastically, like it happened nine years ago?
Or will there be a continued domination by a small set (three or four) of players?
Whatever it is, it is going to be an interesting 2013 to watch.
Don't you agree?