2012 saw the most open year in recent memory in men's tennis. Four different players won the big prizes, with each member of the so-called "Big Four" winning a slam apiece.
Novak Djokovic retained his Australian Open title with two magnificent five-set performances to see off Andy Murray in the semifinals and conquer Rafael Nadal in one of the greatest matches ever played in the final.
Nadal, though, showed the strength of character that has become his trademark. He dominated the clay court season once again, defeating old foe Roger Federer in the final.
Nadal's run of success ran out with a second-round defeat to previously unknown Lukas Rosol, leaving the Wimbledon title wide open. Federer shocked Djokovic in the semifinal, and Andy Murray became the first British man in 74 years to reach the final at the All England Club. However, the British public would have to wait for a home champion for at least another year as the Swiss maestro showed all his class of old to win his first Grand Slam in two-and-a-half years and equal Pete Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles.
The following months, though, were all about Andy Murray. He won OIympic gold in front of his home crowd before finally breaking his Grand Slam hoodoo with his brilliant five-set win over Djokovic.
With the game now wide open, the question remains who will take home the big prizes next year. Here are my predictions.