Australian Open 2012 Results: 3 Most Shocking Finishes of Week 1

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJanuary 21, 2012

Australian Open 2012 Results: 3 Most Shocking Finishes of Week 1

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    Shocking finishes from the underdogs in the 2012 Australian Open have made for a special tournament through three rounds.

    Several of the top seeds, including top-American talent Mardy Fish, have been bounced from the Aussie Open significantly earlier than expected.

    These are the three most shocking finishes of the 2012 Australian Open through the first week of the tournament.

Ekaterina Makarova Beats No. 7 Vera Zvonareva

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    Ekaterina Makarova stepped up in a big way in the third round of the Australian Open, sending No. 7-seed Vera Zvonareva packing early in the tournament.

    Makarova would win 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 in what was a dominating victory for the Russian talent. Makarova had 27 winners in the upset.

    This is a player that has gone well under the radar in this tournament, winning her last two matches in straight sets and looking as strong as any player at Melbourne.

Nalbandian Loses to No. 16 John Isner

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    David Nalbandian may have been the lower seed in this matchup, but there is no question this was one of the bigger upsets of the tournament so far.

    No. 16-seed John Isner was down two sets to one in this match, and ended up coming back to win 7-6 and 10-8 in the fifth set.

    The match featured an atrocious call that was supposedly not able to be challenged, an awful call that would cost Nalbandian the match and his tournament run hopes.

    Isner had himself an especially solid comeback in this match, while a terrible call would taint the victory in the end.

No. 8 Mardy Fish Goes Down to Alejandro Falla

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    Make no mistake about it, Colombian talent Alejandro Falla is an impressive one and was going to be tough to beat.

    Yet the American Mardy Fish was the clear favorite in this one, and was unable to finish off Falla in the match. After Falla won the third set 7-6 (8-6), Fish was down and out and could not longer continue the match.

    Going down two sets to one in this match was something to watch, as Fish was having himself a rough day to say the least. Through just three sets Fish committed a whopping 58 unforced errors, while converting just four-of-11 break point opportunities.