By Nick Georgandis
Novak Djokovic "only" won one Grand Slam title in 2012, and this season seemed more the property of Andy Murray or Roger Federer, but one thing didn't change for Serbia's favorite son: he ended another year ranked No. 1 in the world.
By virtue of winning the Barclays on Monday, Djokovic wound up the season with 12,920 points, a clear champion ahead of No. 2 Federer (10,265) and No. 3 Murray (8,000).
Although he never seemed as dominant in 2012 as he was in 2011, Djokovic finished just 710 points behind his lofty 2011 total of 13,630. The oft-injured Rafael Nadal finished fourth, followed by No. 5 David Ferrer, No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic and No. 10 Richard Gasquet.
The final Top 10 wasn't much different than a year ago, with only Del Potro and Gasquet moving into it in 2012. Del Potro finished 2011 at No. 11, while Gasquet moved up all the way from 19th. The pair replaced American Mardy Fish, who finished 2011 ranked 8th, and Nicolas Almagro, who was 10th.
Almagro slid back just one spot to No. 11, while Fish suffered freefall from inconsistency and injury, all the way to No. 27.
John Isner took over as the top-ranked American man, finishing at No. 14 after moving in and out of the Top 10 throughout the season.
Little changed in men's doubles, with America's Mike (9,620) and Bob (9,550) Bryan taking the top two spots in the rankings, followed by India's Leander Paes (7,655) and the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek (7,210). Stepanek continues to be one of the last bastions of players who have been ranked in the Top 10 in both singles and doubles at some point in their career. The Czech reached No. 8 in the world in singles in 2006.
(File Photo: Novak Djokovic at the 2012 U.S. Open; Credit: Andy Kentla)
Posted: 11/14/2012 9:52:05 AM