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Aussie Open a unique mental and physical test

Updated: December 17, 2008, 5:21 PM ET
By Abigail Lorge, TENNIS.com

On Feb. 1, about 12 hours after the men's singles champion is crowned at the Australian Open, the kickoff for Super Bowl XLIII will take place on the other side of the world in Tampa. But while the spectacle that is Super Bowl Sunday represents the culmination of an NFL season that opened five months earlier, tennis' first major championship arrives when the players have only been back on the competitive circuit for a few weeks.

Of course, the racket-wielding elite will already be ...

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