Dubbed the "Happy Slam" by many top players, including Roger Federer, the Australian Open has always been a very unique event.
When the court surface changed from fast-green to slow-blue in 2008, the quality in game play did not skip a beat.
There has always been a prestigious undertone about this Major, and since it starts off the year, it sets the themes for the following three (though only Roland Garros can be considered a slow-court Major).
In 2012 we got to witness four spectacular championships with four different winners, which was nearly unheard of in the men's field.
Each of the Majors brought spectacular matches into our field of vision, but only one felt above the rest (and Wimbledon would be the second greatest in my rankings).
The Australian Open was the best Major of the year for two reasons: the amazing runs some players journeyed on and the back-to-back-to-back closing matches of the tournament. I have shown the top highlights (which are very lengthy) to bring us all back to the best tournament of 2012.