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Australian Open 2012 Results: 4 Most Captivating Moments from the Tourney

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia rips his shirt off after winning championship point in his men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day fourteen of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse-Pool/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJanuary 29, 2012

The 2012 Australian Open began on a high note and finished with one of the greatest matches in tennis history. There were captivating moments throughout the tournament, but here are the four best.

4. Kim Clijsters Takes Out Caroline Wozniacki

The defending Australian Open champion sent out one last boom when she defeated world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. After hurting her ankle against Li Na and coming back to win that match after losing the first set, many believed that Clijsters was going to lose to Wozniacki. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium celebrates winning her quarter final match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during day nine of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo
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That didn’t happen.

Clijsters defeated the best tennis player in the world and marched on.

3. Kim Clijsters Goes Down Fighting

Kim Clijsters' career will be ending at the end of the 2012 campaign. “Aussie Kim” lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal in what will be her final Australian Open.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays a backhand in her semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day eleven of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo
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There were several match points and the outlook gave you every reason to believe Azarenka was going to win easily. However, the defending champion battled through adversity one more time and had one last fight in the third set.

Ultimately she came up short, but her fighting through difficulties can be tied in with her entire career. It was the perfect way to go out in her last Australian Open.

2. Victoria Azarenka Defeats Maria Sharapova

Azarenka won the Australian Open against Clijsters in the semifinals in my estimation. That was the game where she finally got over the hump by defeating the reigning champion. She had several match points that she blew, but she persevered which is all that matters.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28:  Victoria Azarenka of Belarus poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her women's final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia, and being named world number one, during day thirteen of the 2012 Australi
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She dominated Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 in the Women’s Finals.

1. Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal in Historic Battle

Djokovic once again proved why he is the best player in the world after winning the 2012 Australian Open with his seventh-straight victory over Rafael Nadal in a match that many will never forget.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 29:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning championship point in his men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day fourteen of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2012 in Melbourne, A
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He has dominated Nadal on hard courts and it continued on Sunday even after losing a heart breaker in the fourth set. Djokovic persevered even being down 2-4 in the fifth set and on break point when he was serving for the match.

We are in for another historic year for Djokovic as his game continues to lift off. We know that his ceiling is high, but we don’t know where it stops.

He battled the crowd, a dangerous opponent in Nadal and fatigue to win his fifth major championship. It was one of the greatest finals you will ever see and easily the most captivating moment from the 2012 Australian Open. 

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