2012 was a big year for tennis.
In the women's game, we saw the recovery and dominance of American legend Serena Williams as well as the brilliance of world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
We were thrilled and entertained completely by what took place on the court in 2012, and whilst we wait in eager expectation for what 2013 will provide, it's only fitting that we reflect back and have one last look at what happened in 2012.
They do say that a picture tells a thousand words, so in order to reflect on the year that was, here are the 10 most memorable images of tennis in 2012.
10. Andy Murray wins gold at the 2012 London Olympics
The British hopeful Murray celebrates his defeat of Switzerland's Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to claim gold at the 2012 London Olympics—his first major tournament win.
The 26-year-old had been defeated by Federer only weeks before in the 2012 Wimbledon final—getting revenge on his rival with a gold medal here.
9. Serena Williams at the 2012 Madrid Masters
Serena Williams slips on the controversial blue clay surface at the 2012 Madrid Masters, a surface that will be banned from competition in 2013 due to complaints made by a number of individuals in the tournament—including Williams (per The Daily Mail).
Williams won the tournament, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the final.
8. Rafael Nadal wins the 2012 French Open
Rafael Nadal celebrates his seventh French Open title in 2012—a record that continues to build with every passing year.
The Spaniard has only lost one match at the tournament in the past eight years, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the final this year.
7. David Nalbandian kicks out at 2012 AEGON Championships
Argentian David Nalbandian looks on after spectacularly kicking out at linesman Andrew MacDougall during the final against Marin Cilic.
Nalbandian was subsequently disqualified and Cilic awarded victory, with the Argentinian stripped of close to £50,000 in total for his actions (per The Daily Mail).
6. Victoria Azarenka wins the 2012 Australian Open
Victoria Azarenka celebrates her victory at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year—beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 to claim the Australian Open crown.
The win was Azarenka's first Grand Slam victory.
5. Roger Federer wins Wimbledon Championships 2012
Roger Federer lifts high the 2012 Wimbledon trophy after defeating local hopeful Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
The victory marked the seventh time that Federer has won the Wimbledon Championships, putting his name into the history books of the tournament forever.
4. Andy Roddick retires at 2012 U.S. Open
American star Andy Roddick waves a tearful goodbye to his home crowd at Flushing Meadows after playing his final match as a professional tennis player.
Roddick lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4—bringing to an end an incredible career including 32 singles titles and a Grand Slam win.
3. Andy Murray wins the 2012 U.S. Open
Britain's Andy Murray cannot believe he has finally won a Grand Slam—winning the U.S. Open in 2012 after losing in four previous Grand Slam finals.
Murray beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the final to record his first ever Grand Slam title.
2. Serena Williams wins the 2012 U.S. Open
Playing in her home country, Serena Williams celebrates with the U.S. Open title after defeating Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to claim the title.
The win was the fourth time that Williams has won the U.S. Open.
1. Novak Djokovic wins the 2012 Australian Open
Novak Djokovic cannot contain himself after winning the longest Grand Slam final in history—beating Rafael Nadal to the title in five hours and 53 minutes.
Djokovic won the final in five sets—5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5—chalking up his third Australian Open title and second consecutive tournament victory at Melbourne.
He was understandably ecstatic with the win.
What photos stood out to you the most from 2012?
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