Top 10 Shots and Points of the 2012 Australian Open

Jeff CohnCorrespondent IIIFebruary 9, 2012

Top 10 Shots and Points of the 2012 Australian Open

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    The 2012 Australian Open was a delight for all who watched as many athletes took to the court with confidence and talent.

    Many incredible matches were played and upsets occurred left and right.

    For people who would like to go back and revisit the magical moments and shot-making that took place in Melbourne, this slideshow will serve as both a highlights reel and a redux of the tournament.

    Here are the top 10 shots and points that were played throughout the course of the two-week event.

Honorable Mention: Federer Makes It Tricky but Still Possible

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    Roger Federer made the ball boy famous that night by giving him a ridiculously hard and difficult ball to catch.

10. Serving out in Style

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    Lleyton Hewitt gave a good effort for his home crowd, but Novak Djokovic was too good and came out the victor in this match.

9. Supreme Head Fake

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    Bernard Tomic did a good job of waiting and head-faking in order to set up this incredibly unorthodox forehand winner against Sam Querrey.

8. Typical Nadal

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    This is an excellent shot, but we are accustomed to seeing Rafa hit passing shots by now.

    Therefore it is only ranked No. 8, which must be a career-low for him on the shot-making slideshows.

7. Rafa Has an Outstanding Get

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    The get itself was unimaginable to many viewers who saw it live, but the backhand passing shot winner to follow directly afterwards completed the purity for the highlights reel.

6. Bernard Tomic Knows How to Slice?

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    Ahh, the rhetorical titles get me every time.

    This (yet again) unorthodox style of play from both players allowed for such a great shot and overall match to occur.

5. You Thought It Was Going to Be a Tweener, Didn't You?

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    Ryan Harrison played superb defense in this point and even hit a twisting, inverted corkscrew forehand without looking to secure himself a point against Andy Murray and a place in the top five in this slideshow.

4. Nishikori with the Surprising Net Game

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    Kei Nishikori, unknown for having good volleys, shocked us all in this point to keep him in the set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    He ultimately lost this set but won the match in the fifth.

3. Oh, Llodra

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    Just watch this game from Michael Llodra and Andy Murray—it is both indescribable and wonderful eye candy.

2. Roger Federer Hits Three Shots for the Highlights Reel

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    His match against Bernard Tomic was highly anticipated, as were the talented shots they would pull off.

    However, Federer won in both departments.

1. Fatigue Means Nothing!

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    Nearly five-and-a-half hours into the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were not only still going at it, but they were continually playing extended rallies and running all over the court.

    Nothing had changed over the course of the match, and the game plans from both players remained consistent.

    Djokovic seemed a little bit flat-footed when hitting forehands in this point, but it is understandable due to the extreme effort he put in to capture the match and the championship to defend his title.