5 Tennis Players Significantly Better Than Their 2012 Ranking

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5 Tennis Players Significantly Better Than Their 2012 Ranking
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This year's tennis season has seen breakthrough stars, like Victoria Azarenka becoming world No. 1 for the first time in her career, and old favorites, such as Roger Federer regaining the top spot. 

Whether players admit it or not, rankings are on their minds throughout the tennis season, as Novak Djokovic noted this past week (via tennis.com) in China:

“It is still open, the No. 1 spot of the world. Obviously I will try to dedicate myself and focus on every tournament that I play. I try not to think about what's going to happen at the end of the season because there is still more than a few tournaments to go here in Asia and then the indoor season in Europe. Everything is possible, but I will try to not think about calculations, not think about any other players' results, and just concentrate on my own game.”

Significant effort must be put in during each tournament in order to move up in the rankings, plus go further in the rounds than in the previous year.

Some players were hampered by health concerns and injuries, however, and thus saw a decrease in their ranking. 

Lets look at five players that, because of setbacks that have led to their lack of play, are ranked lower than in past years.  

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