Top 10 Greatest Hits of 2012 – Number 2
Number 2: Winning the Luxembourg Open (October 21, 2012)
Going into the Luxembourg Open, I didn’t feel as if luck was smiling down on me exactly I had just exited the U.S. Open early due to a back injury, which had also forced me to withdraw from Beijing, which was a really big event. It had been a great year for me for doubles, but singles was a different story. Two years had passed since I won a singles tournament.
Cancelling Beijing was a tough decision, but after careful thought I came to the realization that I couldn’t play the way I wanted to because of my residual back pain after the U.S. Open. So I decided to spend some time rehabbing my back and prepare for the Luxembourg Open instead. I wanted to end the year on a high note and start 2013 with some momentum as well as being seeded at the Australian Open. A good performance at Luxembourg would do that for me.
About 10 days before the start of the tournament I began to feel really bad. I would wake up in the morning with zero energy and my joints throbbing. Every night I would go to bed and think, I am going to feel better tomorrow, and for 10 straight days I woke up and felt horrible. All I could do was try to stay positive. “Focus on the things I can accomplish and don’t worry about the thing I can’t” was my mantra. Sure enough, the Sunday before the tournament I stared feeling better.
That doesn’t mean the matches didn’t have their drama. It was an exciting tournament. I had a tough match in the semis and I re-injured my back. When I walked onto the court for the finals, I was in a lot of pain. I couldn’t get my serve working so I just concentrated on putting it in the box. Slow and steady won this race. I played solid consistent tennis and let my opponent make mistakes. I won n straight sets.
The Luxembourg Open was the 44th singles win of my career, amd one of the best feelings ever. I really didn’t know if I could win the event, so it was a wonderful way to end the year.