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Sharapova, Djokovic emphatic statements set the bar for 2008

The curtains have come down on the first Slam of the year, but not before leaving behind a flurry of intriguing story lines. Thankfully, tennis maven Patrick McEnroe was here to shed some light.

Updated: January 28, 2008, 2:05 PM ET
By Patrick McEnroe | ESPN

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The first Grand Slam event of the season has concluded -- but not without its share of triumphs, upsets and, in some cases, cliffhangers. The 2008 Australian Open witnessed the emergence of a charismatic Frenchman the world knew little of and a stalwart performance by a Russian woman the universe has been entranced by for years. After two weeks of grueling, grinding and punishing tennis on a rookie playing surface, the top five story lines from Down Under wrote themselves. ...

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