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Djokovic: 2012 my best season ever

ESPN staff
November 13, 2012 « Watch GSP v Condit post-fight press conference live at 6am | Chartbeat test »

Novak Djokovic believes his achievements in 2012 rank higher than his 2011 season, when he first became world No. 1 and landed three grand slams.

Djokovic beat Roger Federer at the O2 Arena on Monday night to cap his second season at the summit of the world rankings with the ATP World Tour Finals title, a victory he dedicated to his father Srdjan, who is reportedly suffering from an acute respiratory illness.

And despite finishing the season with just one grand slam title to his name, Djokovic rates his 2012 campaign above his stellar exploits the previous year.

"I actually feel even more satisfied right now than last year, even though I had an incredible 2011," Djokovic said. " I feel this year, considering the circumstances that I had to face on and off the court, expectations, all these things, I believe that this year has been even more successful for me."

Djokovic also reached the finals of the French Open, for the first time, and the US Open, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray respectively.

After carrying the Serbian flag at the London Olympics 2012, he went on to reach the semi-finals, where he lost to Murray before being denied a bronze medal by Juan Martin del Potro.

The Belgrade native saw Federer overhaul him at the top of the ATP rankings after his Wimbledon triumph, but regained the ranking after the Paris Masters. In all he played 87 matches this season, losing just 12.

"It's been a very long year, a very long two years, but very successful two years. I didn't really know how I will follow up after incredible 2011, but I believed that I have to use the time where I'm playing the best tennis of my life and I'm winning grand slams, finally realise what I need to do to win the major tournaments.

"This was my time, my moment, and I needed to step in and really believe in my ability. So throughout the whole season I've had lots of success and had some disappointing losses at big events, in a couple major finals.

"But, you know, all in all, it was a fantastic year, where I've had to face a lot of difficulties off the court as well. You know, especially coming into this tournament, having my father fighting his own fight for health gave me extra strength that I wanted to play for him in a way.

"That's one of the reasons I really gave it all every match, especially tonight. This was a title for him."

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