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Wawrinka wins Australian Open
Serena Williams? Step aside. Big Four? Not this time. This year's Australian Open belonged neither to the women's No. 1 tennis player, nor the quartet of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Instead, Li Na (straight sets over Dominika Cibulkova) captured her second grand slam title and first Aussie, while Stanislas Wawrinka (four sets vs. Nadal) became just the second non-Big Four player to win a major tournament in the last nine years. What does this mean for tennis? How many more grand slams will the winners claim?
Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka will face off in the finals of the men's singles bracket at the Australian Open, after a somewhat anticlimactic semifinal between Nadal and Roger Federer. Between the two of them, they've got five Australian Open titles, along with a bevy of other major wins. Where are they among the all-time leaders? Take our quiz!More games from ESPN Arcade »
Tennis players are some of the finest athletes in the world -- you try running back and forth for four hours while hitting a ball moving at 100 miles per hour -- but even they're being overcome by the extreme heat at this year's Australian Open. Temperatures topped 109 degrees in Melbourne Park, causing some matches to suspend play. Fans aren't having it easy either -- 10,000 fewer spectators attended the open on Thursday than did on Monday. It seems like fans these days have to choose between extremes, as evidenced by the shockingly low temperatures at some playoff football games this year.