During a pulsating night Down Under, four warriors poured their souls into every ball and left fans craving more tennis.
So long to preparation mode. Justine Henin's battle with Elena Dementieva at the Australian Open will say a lot about both players.
What ever happened to the hard-hitting James Blake? He's among a bevy of floundering players who have the unenviable task of snapping prolonged slumps.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and James Blake are two of the most unassailable power hitters in tennis. Expect a taut, in-your-face battle when these two meet on Day 8 Down Under.
The ATP and WTA championships will harness the top eight players in each field, respectively, for an opportunity to conquer the lucrative year-end events.
Last season, Mario Ancic was a top-10 player and, at 22 years old, only getting better. But an injury followed by a serious illness nearly ended his career altogether.