Now that the Grand Slam finals for 2012 are safely in the books, it is time to look back and judge what we witnessed.
Many newcomers made their presence known by advancing through the draw, while some seasoned pros fell in unexpected places. Some left the world of tennis altogether, choosing to pursue other dreams.
For the men, Novak Djokovic won his third title at the 2012 Australian Open to start the year. Rafael Nadal won the French Open before being forced to withdraw after Wimbledon for the Summer Olympics and the U.S. Open with recurring knee problems.
Roger Federer completed a magnificent Grand Slam year, coming back to win his seventh Wimbledon title and resumed his place at the top, taking back the No. 1 ranking. And Andy Murray won his first major at the U.S. Open, beating a field weakened by the absence of Nadal.
For the women, Serena Williams won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, while newcomer Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open and earned the No. 1 ranking. And Maria Sharapova completed her career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in June.
What we expect in majors is for the top seeds to advance and play in the final rounds. This, however, did not always happen, and the anomalies on court are what makes watching the matches entertaining.
Here are 25 of the moments we did not expect to see at the Grand Slams in 2012.