Australian Open 2012: Handing out the Superlatives for Week One

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Australian Open 2012: Handing out the Superlatives for Week One
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For tennis fans alike, week one of the Australian Open offered some thrilling and entertaining tennis. The big four easily cruised through to the round of 16, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal already booking a trip to the quarterfinals.

It wasn't, however, the big four winning in dominating fashion that made this week of tennis so great to watch. I mean sure, watching Novak Djokovic just crush his opponents can be a sight to be seen. But it was more than that—the excitement from the emergence of young, up-and-comers, the five-set thrillers that had us on the edge of our seats, the emotional breakdowns that had tennis racket manufacturers shaking their heads and of course the disappointing performances by one country in particular marked a great week in tennis.

Yes, these were the moments, for better or for worse, that made week one of the 2012 Aussie Open a period of great tennis to see. So, in honor of the best players and the worst performances, here are the superlatives from the first week of the first major of the 2012 calendar year.

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