The 2013 Australian Open finished its final match on Sunday and once again we will wait another year for a new champion. Novak Djokovic won his third consecutive title, and Victoria Azarenka won her second straight.
This year's tournament became more of a confirmation than a revival.
The revival of American tennis was cut short when players such as Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey were defeated early in the first week. Lleyton Hewitt's return to tennis from an injury also came to a quick end when he was defeated by Janko Tipsaravic in the first round.
On the women's side, Serena Williams rolled her ankle and she was never the same after that. But the same time we were grimacing for Serena, we saw another American rise up to stardom. Sloane Stephens made it to the semifinals and won the hearts of the Aussie Open crowd. But in the end there was no stopping Azarenka to her second title.
In a place where young up-and-comers and late bloomers get to have their two weeks of fame, the top players were simply too good and too convincing to push them out of the spotlight.
Here are five things the Australian Open taught us about 2013.