Andy Murray may have captured the US Open and Olympic titles, but he insisted that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remain the standout players of 2012.
"I don't think I have had the best year on the tour, no. I think the last few months have been great for me, but there is more to the tennis tour than just the Grand Slams," said Murray.
"Novak has played great tennis in most of the Masters Series, as well. Roger has got himself back to No. 1. I think it is important to remember the tennis season starts in January, finishes in November.
"There are four Slams, but there are also many other tournaments to get to No. 1 in the world. I think if you're No. 1 you deserve to be the player of the year. I would say Novak or Roger would be the best players this year."
Federer won a 17th Grand Slam title this summer with a seventh Wimbledon. Djokovic won the Australian Open and claimed the US Open Series title awarded to the player with the best hardcourt record before the Slam event. Nadal claimed a record seventh French Open.