Hi everyone With the final slam of the season now over, I thought i'd share my thoughts about the 2012 season. Even thought i'm a huge Federer fan, I must admit that I never thought he'd gain so much this year, especially with the rather disappointing results at the Australian Open. I always believed he'd win another slam before he retires, but to get back to #1 is something I didn't think he'd do. I think he had a stellar 2012 season, it's always nice to see your idol win so many tournaments. Say what you will about Nadal, but his presence was clearly missed in the summer season. They're might be controversy about him, people liking him or not, but the fact is, he's an international superstar and he does bring more interest in any tournament he enters. Am I the only one that is sort of happy Andy Roddick retired at the US Open? I was a huge Roddick fan since he started his career (hence the nickname) but even I have to admit that I didn't enjoy seeing one of my idols having a hard time beating players that were ranked below him. The aspect of his game that I appreciated so much 10 years ago were pretty much gone. The serve had slowed down considerably and wasn't that big of a threat anymore and the forehand had become sub-par with that loopy forehand. I had high expectations for Tsonga in 2012, especially with his results in 2011, I thought he was going to make at least one slam final this year if not win one. At 27 years of age, he doesn't have that many years ahead of him to grab a slam, so I hope he will do better in 2013. I expected Djokovic level to go down in 2012, the odds he'd maintain his level from his unbelivable run he had in 2011 were slim. While he didn't have a bad 2012 by any stretch, I expected him to at least defend his 2 hard courts slam. Did the pressure of being #1 get to him? Murray finally winning a slam made many people happy, I might catch some heat for saying this, but i'm not one of them. His game just doesn't appeal to me and personality wise he's kind of dry. Had the wind not been a factor, i'm not convinced we would of seen the same results. What's up with the up and coming players? Of all the prospects like Raonic, Tomic, Harrison, the only one that shows any progressions is Raonic. Tomic tank job against Roddick at the US Open was awful. Doesn't this guy have any pride? Speaking of Raonic, his results in 2012 were quite good for a young player. However it will take more than a serve to win tournaments and majors. His return game is awful, his groundstrokes are very error prone as well. Just watching him play at the US Open, I couldn't believe how many balls he put in the net. Will Soderling ever come back? Not the biggest fan of the guy personnality wise, but he had an interesting game and was a top 10 guy that could trouble the top 4 sometimes. I hope he makes a strong come back in 2013. Which brings me to my last point. Am I the only one that see's a rather dark future for the ATP? Roddick's retirement made me realize that the end of the current era might be closer than we think. Who will take over once Nadal, Federer, Djokovic are all gone? The up and comer don't show any sign of brillance. Who will be the new stars? I will admit, when Federer retires, I will have less interest in the game. Sure I will still watch tennis as I love the sport more than anything, but it won't be the same. That's all.