It was disappointing that Andy Murray wasn't able to overcome Novak Djokovic in the final of the Shanghai Masters, especially since he had match points earlier in the match. But in the end it was the Serbian player that triumphed 5-7, 7-6 (13-11), 6-3.
Nevertheless, this should take nothing away from the amazing season Murray has had in 2012 thus far. The world number one ranking spot looks out of reach this season, but many experts expect him to clinch it during the course of 2013.
I personally don't think this is something to be focussed on right now, but winning as many matches and tournaments as he can should remain a target. Securing the gold medal at London 2012 and winning the 2012 U.S. Open made this a special year for the Briton.
This success will have some people dreaming of Murray winning three or four of the Grand Slam titles on offer during the 2013 season. I don't personally think this will happen, but it is always unwise to say never in elite sport.
Novak Djokovic proved what can be accomplished when he won three Grand Slam titles in 2011. Federer's age and Rafael Nadal's knees will persuade some people to think that the rivalry between Djokovic and Murray is the one to watch.
But we live in an age when men's tennis is fiercely competitive; it's always unwise to start writing off the likes of Federer and Nadal. The Swiss star is, in my opinion, the greatest player we have ever seen, and I rate the Spaniard as the greatest tennis athlete.
All four men have the capabilities to win Grand Slam titles, and it would be foolish to think they won't all be competing for titles next year. What is also starting to get interesting is the possibility of each player having a home away from their actual home.
Roger Federer has made Wimbledon his place with the seven titles that he has won, and proved he has still got it with the Wimbledon 2012 title. It is a similar story for Rafael Nadal at the French Open where he has won the title seven times, and like Federer won the 2012 French Open title.
Novak Djokovic has enjoyed the most success at the Australian Open where he has won the title three times, and he backed that up with the 2012 Australian Open title. Winning Grand Slam titles are a new experience for Andy Murray, but I certainly don't think his success in New York will be his last Grand Slam title.
Furthermore, I fully expect him to win the U.S. Open title again. In fact, I think this will be the most successful Grand Slam event for Andy during his career. So, I don't think Murray will dominate 2013. But I certainly expect him to have another fantastic year, which may well include becoming the world number one and winning at least one Grand Slam title on offer during the year.
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