In 2012, Rafael Nadal clinched a record seventh Roland Garros crown, completing another impressive return to clay and hoping for more for the rest of the season.
Instead, the Spaniard missed the second part of the season with a left knee injury. He didn’t play after Wimbledon and had to finish outside the top 2 for the first time since 2004.
Rafa stayed away from the courts until February 2013, skipping Roland Garros and starting again on his beloved clay. In one of the most impressive comebacks of the Open era, Rafa scored 75 wins in 83 matches in 2013, claiming ten ATP titles and beating all challengers to become world number 1 at the end of the year for the first times since 2008.
Rafa earned 4,000 points at Roland Garros and the US Open, playing at a high level on the hard courts and delivering back-to-back titles in Canada and Cincinnati for the first time in his career, to build a sizable lead on Novak Djokovic in the ATP race.
The Serb lost the US Open final to the Spaniard and went on to win all his matches until the end of the season. Both fought to the end for the number 1 of the year, and Nadal managed to stay ahead of Djokovic after reaching the final in Beijing and the semi-finals in Shanghai and Paris.
Rafa knocked out David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stan Wawrinka in the ATP Finals to secure the title of number 1 of the year and set up another confrontation with Novak.
Roger Federer didn’t have a remarkable season, finishing outside the top 5 for the first time since 2002. He made it to the ATP World Tour Finals and met Djokovic in the first round.
Roger Federer is a role model
Roger Federer shed light on the challenges of fame and fortune. “How can I be myself? This was the biggest test of my character.
How do I deal with people asking me what it’s like to be rich, or what I’m going to do with my money? How to deal with travel, fame and fortune,” he said.
“It’s easy when you’re sitting on the couch at home. There are a lot of celebrities on this planet, I’m not the only one. I’m not the only good tennis player either.
It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me, but it’s harder when you’re outdoors. The press also gives a certain image and sometimes you have to meet expectations that are impossible to meet. They want you to be the superhero,” continues the Swiss player.