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  1. Matt V
    Matt V November 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    Haas is the best comeback story for sure. Ferrer or Tsonga are sportsmen…and if it was not for the switch to Uniqlo, Novak would consistently get worst dressed – especially considering how high in the rankings he is. Thank God the whole Taccinni busines fell though. Federes WTF outfit is the slickest thing Ive seen in a while…

  2. topboy
    topboy November 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm |

    I find it funny how non-Djokovic fans (A & L, cough, cough) find it difficult to give Nole PoY. It’s not called ‘career achievement’ or ‘breakthrough of the year’ award. I doubt that JJ would be as reluctant to give it to Fed/Murray had roles been reversed in favour of those two.

    1. Louisa
      Louisa November 16, 2012 at 12:33 am |

      Thanks for letting us eavesdrop on your conversation!

      “Federer’s lifetime achievement and his 300 weeks at World No. 1″… has no bearing on Player of the Year, pretty much by definition. For me, it’s between Djokovic and Murray, with Novak the clear winner.

      Happy to see Ferrer get a Sportsmanship nod.

      And Verdasco’s outfit was truly dire… and apparently contagious. Remember his entire box wearing that same outfit in Acapulco?!

      1. Amy
        Amy November 16, 2012 at 1:08 am |

        Yeah, the Verdasco outfit was definitely an eyesore!

        As for my point about Federer’s lifetime achievements, I do think it’s a factor in determining POTY in his case. If you think about it, here are Federer’s 2012 accomplishments:

        -Won Wimbledon and five other tournaments.
        -Won the silver medal at the Olympics.
        -Got back to No. 1, reached 300 weeks at No. 1.

        So while I agree that the POTY isn’t a lifetime achievement award, in this case, I think the 300 weeks milestone deserves some consideration.

        That said, I do think there are compelling arguments to be made for all three of the top guys.

        Thanks for your comment!

    2. Amy
      Amy November 16, 2012 at 1:12 am |


      I’m not at all reluctant to give Djokovic the award. He had an incredible year, and absolutely deserves to be World No. 1.

      However, the Player of the Year is a completely subjective award. I take it to mean which player made the biggest impact during the year. I’m not sure there is a real definition, but that’s the way I’ve always thought of it. And by that measure, I see valid arguments for any of the top 3. If Djokovic had won two Slams, or one Slam and the Olympic gold, he’d get my vote, no question.

    3. Lindsay
      Lindsay November 16, 2012 at 11:38 am |

      I didn’t find it difficult, I just think there is an argument for Federer too. I think that not getting a medal at the Olympics hurt Djokovic in that regards, since one Major was won by each of the big 4 and

      Fed won 6 titles, had a 71-12 record, a Grand Slam, 3 Masters Titles and a Silver medal. Compared to Nole’s 75-12 record, 6 titles, Grand Slam, 3 Masters, and the WTF crown. We’ve been spoiled the past few years in the ATP with very clear-cut POY winners, but this race was closer. I am not a “fan” of Djokovic or Federer, but I can admit that. But when it’s close the rankings speak, as do Djokovic’s 2 other Grand Slam Finals–Fed had none. So I agree that Nole wins it, but still think the discussion is valid.

  3. Louisa
    Louisa November 16, 2012 at 12:38 am |

    Sorry, that was supposed to be a new comment, not a reply.

  4. Steve
    Steve November 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

    Stepanek wins best dressed for his love for lilac and massive Czech lions

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