Contrary to what some silly threads recently springing in GM might suggest, the best player of 2012 was the man in my avatar.
David Ferrer has the most wins of anyone on tour with 76 and also the most titles with 7. He was also the only man to win titles on all surfaces: clay, grass, outdoor hard and indoor hard, showing his superior versatility compared to the field. I know he was ranked only #5, but what faith can we have in a ranking system that somehow believes there are four players better than the one who won the most matches and tournaments throughout the year?
It's all about winning and in 2012 no one did that better and more often than Ferrer. Not even formidable titans of the game like Llodra and Janowicz could stop this juggernaut