The Top 5 ATP Titleholders of 2012

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Which players on the ATP Tour have collected the most titles so far this year? (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Roger Federer (6 titles)
Roger Federer has enjoyed a very fruitful 2012 and has proven that like a fine wine, he has continued to get better with age. In February, the Swiss maestro collected his first title on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam before acquiring further titles on the hard courts of Dubai and the Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells.

During the clay court season, Federer collected his fourth title of the year and proved to be the conqueror of blue clay after winning the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid. Since the tournament organizers have announced earlier in the year that they shall not be using blue clay in 2013, Federer will probably remain the only player to ever win on the blue clay courts of the tournament too!

In June, Federer returned to his beloved grass courts of Wimbledon where in an emotional final against home crowd favourite, Andy Murray, Federer lifted the trophy for an impressive seventh time during his career.

After his Grand Slam success, Federer went on to win another Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati and proved his great versatility after winning titles from all corners of the globe on each different type of surface.

David Ferrer (5 titles)
Spaniard David Ferrer takes the second position in the ranking of titleholders for 2012 so far. The 30-year-old Spaniard has enjoyed his most successful year in terms of winning titles this year to date. Ferrer opened up his 2012 campaign with victory on the hard courts of Auckland where he won his first title of the year, followed by a thriving South American swing collecting titles in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Acapulco, Mexico.

During the clay court season, Ferrer won another clay court title, but this time in Europe in Bastad, before moving onto the grass courts where he won the title at s-Hertogenbosch for the second time during his career. Like Federer, Ferrer has won a title on each different surface.

Rafael Nadal (4 titles)
The 26-year-old Spaniard has been missing from the ATP tennis circuit since June after his early exit at Wimbledon and has been battling with a knee injury for some time. The Spanish No.1 has been putting his knee through the paces thanks to an array of recuperation procedures, but has not yet confirmed when he will return back on court.

The opening of the 2012 season for the world No.4 began well and despite his long spell of absence, he has still won four titles this year, all on the clay courts of Europe. His first title victory was at the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 tournament where he lifted the trophy for a record-breaking eight consecutive years after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final. The Spaniard did not drop a set during the entire week en route to victory.

His impressive clay court title collection continued after he lifted the trophies in Barcelona and Rome before he stamped his authority once again at the French Open Grand Slam after he was crowned champion for the seventh time at Roland Garros.

 Which other players are on the list? Have a look at the rest of the article here.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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