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  • Rafael Nadal — Getty ImagesIf Tiger Woods perfected the first pump in golf, it was Rafael Nadal that has shown us the bicep-infused version in the tennis world.

    Nadal has give the excited fist pump hundreds of times since beginning his professional career, none more animated than the one he threw out on Wednesday at the Australian Open.

    The 2009 champion has struggled to open his last two matches, going to a tiebreaker in the fourth round against Kei Nishikori and then dropping his opening set in the quarterfinals to Grigor Dimitrov.

    Dimitrov looked like he might take a 2-0 set lead but it was the No. 1 seed who stepped it up in the tiebreaker, and the second set was won on this incredible rally from Nadal, who ran from a few feet behind the baseline all the way to the net to not only get to one of Dimitrov's drop shots but hit a winner off of it.

    That's when Nadal unleashed a bevy of fist pumps, taking the tiebreaker and eventually winning the match in four sets.

    It was an awesome point from the former

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  • David Ferrer — Getty ImagesIt wasn't the best of days for David Ferrer on Tuesday at the Australian Open, with the No. 3 seed losing to Tomas Berdych in four sets and possibly landing a fine after making contact with one of the linesman on Rod Laver Arena.

    Ferrer, who would have been the favorite to make the finals out of his side after Novak Djokovic was later upset by Stanislas Wawrinka, not only made contact with a linesman while he was attempting to put his towel down, but it was a little more than just a friendly brush aside for the 31-year-old Spaniard.

    If you check the rulebook for Grand Slams you'll see that "unauthorized touching" is prohibited and it sure looks like Ferrer did enough there to at least land himself a fine that could reach $20,000.

    After his loss Ferrer said "it was nothing," but it still is just enough to possibly land him a fine after the subtle shove of the official.

    Personally, I think Ferrer will land a small fine because he obviously makes contact with the linesman and it sure

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  • Roger Federer — Getty ImagesTennis is not known for assists. It isn't a game like basketball or baseball or even football where teammates can set the other up for success, it is just two people out on an island alone trying to outwork, and outsmart, their opponent.

    But occasionally something will happen that does show pretty incredible teamwork, even when it wasn't intended. Roger Federer rolled past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, but that wasn't before he pulled off this behind-the-back assist to one of the ball boys in Melbourne.

    Federer's reaction was incredible quick, and an absolute bullet to his target but the snag by the ball boy was pretty impressive as well.

    Federer will need all the coordination he can get as he prepares for Andy Murray in his next match at the opening Grand Slam of the season.

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  • It was as unexpected an upset as you'll see at this Australian Open, with favorite Serena Williams losing to Ana Ivanovic, someone she had beaten in four previous meetings, on Sunday in Melbourne.

    Williams, the No. 1 seed and favorite at pretty much any tournament she enters, struggled with her first serve for most of the match and Ivanovic pounced on every second serve she saw to give herself the quick advantage in points.

    The win is as much of a surprise for Ivanovic as it is for Serena, mostly because the head-to-head battle has been an absolute domination by Williams in the past. Before Sunday, Ivanovic had never even won a set off of Williams, and after the first set win by Serena it looked like another stride to the quarterfinals for the five-time champion.

    Ana Ivanovic — Getty ImagesIt was the second set that turned things, with Ivanovic hitting 15 winners and dominating with her first serve. It seemed like only moments after she was raising her arms with that second set win that things turned for Serena in

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  • Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki — Getty ImagesThe first Grand Slam of the season brings a lot of things. It gives us the perennial favorite for the season, it shows us the up-and-comer for the year and sometimes it shows us that rust can be a problem in mid-January even for the best.

    Examples of the latter could be these two serves from two of the top names in the game that happened during the first week of the Australian Open. Caroline Wozniacki was bounced in the third round, but that wasn't before the No. 10 seed hit a serve that almost didn't even touch the bottom of the net during her second round win over Christina McHale.

    The next came from Andy Murray, one of the favorites on the men's draw and also the man that hit a serve that nearly landed in the grandstands during his third round win over Feliciano Lopez.

    Both serves were perfect example that no matter how good you are, or how much you practice, sometimes it's just going to be as ugly as when you first started the game.

    It also reminds us that even the best in the

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