TENNIS - With Rafael Nadal’s announcement to return to the tennis court in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in December, his 2012 season has officially come to an end. The Spaniard will forego the ATP World Tour Finals (for which he had already qualified) and the Davis Cup final, both tournaments taking place in November.
> Nadal played 48 singles matches in 2012, his fewest since playing 47 in 2004. He had averaged 83 in the seven seasons inbetween.
> Nadal still managed to claim four tournament victories in 2012, one more than his tally from 2011.
> His won-lost record in 2012 is 42-6, breaking down in 23-1 on clay, 17-3 on hardcourt and 2-2 on grass.
> His last official match this season was the second round defeat at Wimbledon to Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol.