Due to his incredibly high standards, 2011 was not a year that would have caused Rafael Nadal to jump for joy.
Between 2005 and 2010, Rafa captured nine slams, which was good enough for an average of 1.5 slams per year. However, he was expected to win many more majors in 2011, but Novak Djokovic was the man of the year, and the Spaniard was left with just one slam (the French Open) last year.
In 2012, Rafa sees new beginnings, and must undoubtedly want to start afresh in order to add to his tally of ten Grand Slams.
And the Australian Open -- the first slam of the year -- seems an appropriate place to begin his quest to regain the throne.
The draws are out, and Rafa's part of the draw could potentially be tricky for him.
Here are the three men in Nadal's quarter that the Spaniard will not want to run into.