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Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: February 5, 10:17 AM ET
Djokovic plays his way to the top

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Impressive wins Down Under catapulted Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka to the top of this week's Cross-Sport Power Rankings.

"Winning it three in a row, it's incredible," Djokovic said after defeating Andy Murray in the Australian Open final. And incredible is a perfect way to describe his accomplishment, as no other player has won three straight titles Down Under. On the women's side, Victoria Azarenka didn't let the pro-Li Na crowd get to her as she conquered Li for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament and secured her second Aussie Open title.

Lionel Messi is a staple in the top five, and he landed there once again by netting his 200th career La Liga goal. Kyrie Irving and Shaun White joined him after putting up three 30-plus point games and earning a sixth successive gold medal in the SuperPipe, respectively.

Check out how our panel ranked the complete Top 10 and let your voice be heard in the comments. If you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.