Australian Open 2012: Why Aussie Open Slam Kick-off Makes It the Best Grand Slam

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Australian Open 2012: Why Aussie Open Slam Kick-off Makes It the Best Grand Slam
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Kei Nishikori used to be known as 'Project 45'

Why is the Aussie Open the best of the Grand Slams? Simple. We get to see what additions (or subtractions) the champions have made to their games to take them to the next level.

Case in pointEnd of 2011. Novak Djokovic seemed to be the dominant player, while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray floundered. Roger Federer was resurgent. Was Serena’s career going up or nowhere?

Athletes usually take the time in the offseason to do serious training. They don't have this time during the long grind of the regular season, and they use it to re-tool their games and tweak their technique in order to address the challenges presented by newcomers.

In this slideshow, I’ll examine what insights this year’s Aussie Open provide on the directions of the current champions’ games.

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