2012 Australian Open

Highlights from the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. [24 photos total]

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Sorana Cirstea of Romania hits a return to Samantha Stosur of Australia during their match at the Australian Open on January 17, 2012. The unseeded Cirstea upset the sixth-seeded Stosur 7-6, 6-3. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) #
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Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after losing a point to Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Stosur, seeded No. 6 in the Australian Open, fell to the unseeded Cirstea 7-6, 6-3. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne) #
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Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand in his first round Australian Open match against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. Djokovic won 6-2, 6-0, 6-0. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #
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Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return against Alex Kuznetsov of the US in their first round men's singles match on day one of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16. Nadal won 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. (AFP Photo/Torsten Blackwood) #
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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a forehand in her first round match against Anastasia Rodionova of Australia during day one of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #
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Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during her 6-0, 6-1 first round victory over Gisela Dulko of Argentina at the 2012 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) #
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David Ferrer of Spain hits a return to Rui Machado of Portugal during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2012. Ferrer, the No. 5 seed, won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #
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Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates his victory over Adrian Mannarino of France in their first round men's singles match on day one of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2012. Del Potro won 2-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. (TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Exciting Australian teen Bernard Tomic (pictured) provided the fireworks with a gripping win over Fernando Verdasco as the Australian Open got under way in sweltering heat on Monday. (AFP Photo/William West) #
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Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Alexander Kudryavtsev of Russia in their first round men's singles match on day one of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16. Federer won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri) #
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With the sunset over the city skyline, David Nalbandian of Argentina, left on the court, plays Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) #
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Germany's Sabine Lisicki makes a backhand return to Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele during their first round match at the Australian Open. Lisick, the No. 14 seed, won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia hits a return to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic during their match at the Australian Open. Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 15 seed, won 7-6, 6-1. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #
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Spain's Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd following his first round match against Alex Kuznetsov of the US at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) #
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Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova waits for a return during her first round match against Varvara Lepchenko of the US at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia hits a return to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during their match at the Australian Open. Cibulkova won 6-3, 6-1. (REUTERS/Brandon Malone ) #
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Li Na of China hits a return to Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside) #
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Fernando Verdasco of Spain disputes a line call as he plays Australia's Bernard Tomic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill) #
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Polona Hercog of Slovenia hits a return to Julia Goerges of Germany during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash) #
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Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia hits a return to Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. The 32nd-ranked Bogomolov won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. (REUTERS/Vivek Prakash ) #
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Nikolay Davydenko of Russia serves against Flavio Cipolla of Italy during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside) #
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Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada hits a return against Zhang Shuai of China in their first round women's singles match on day two of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2012. Wozniak won 6-3, 6-3. (FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Maria Kirilenko of Russia gestures after victory in her first round women's singles match against Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia on the second day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2012. Kirilenko won 6-4. 6-2. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Australian fans show their support as they arrive for day one of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #

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