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Winners and losers from a wacky two weeks at the Australian Open

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The first Grand Slam of 2014 is behind us, and with it are plenty of big names that had tough weeks in Melbourne and two surprising champions at the Australian Open. With Melbourne behind us for another year we present you with the winners and losers from a great two weeks of the Australian Open.

Winners

Stanislas Wawrinka -- It was an incredible upset for Wawrinka, who not only claimed his first ever Grand Slam on Sunday but did it over an opponent that he had never even won a set off of. Wawrinka's win was a surprise, but the guy was absolute class with the win, with his muted celebration and with the way he handled everything that comes with becoming a major winner. Not many guys are going to run past Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the same Grand Slam and live to raise the trophy, but this was Wawrinka's tournament and he did it with class.

Li Na -- A second Grand Slam win for Na came at the unusual tennis age of 31, but with some of the bigger names getting bounced early in Melbourne it was Na that took advantage of a favorable draw and picked up the dominant win on Saturday over Dominika Cibulkova.

Roger Federer -- Sure, he lost in the semifinals, a place that isn't normally where you'd expect Federer to go out, but as he continues to get older it's impressive how he has maintained his game. Federer might never win another Grand Slam but his quarterfinal win over Andy Murray gave us a glimpse of hope for the next few majors despite going down in straight sets to Rafael Nadal one match later.

Dominika Cibulkova -- She might not have left with the trophy, but the 24-year-old made her first ever Grand Slam final with wins over Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska. It was an impressive two weeks for Cibulkova who will hopefully build off this play and continue to improve over the rest of '14.

Losers

Rafael Nadal -- Everything set up for him to win his 14th Grand Slam title and head to the French Open with a legit chance of getting another title and move that much closer to Federer's mark of 17 Slams, but between a blister, a back and boos from the crowd it was just not his Sunday to win. Nadal played some of the best tennis of his career in some of the earlier matches, but on Sunday it was just ugly tennis from the '09 Australian Open champion and another final in Melbourne without the big trophy.

Novak Djokovic -- Everything was setting up perfect for Djokovic to run through his side of the draw, with Murray, Nadal and Federer on the other side of the bracket, but Djokovic was rusty in his match against Wawrinka and it was some loose shots in the fifth set that doomed his chances for a fourth straight Aussie Open title.

Serena Williams -- It has been feast or famine at these Grand Slams for Serena, who won two last year but failed to advance to the semifinals in the other two. This was a second straight early exit for the favorite on the women's side and a bit disappointing considering how she played to end her 2013 season.

Victoria Azarenka -- This is her Grand Slam, and without Serena around it seems almost impossible for her not to at least make the finals, but Azarenka couldn't get past Agnieszka Radwanska, putting up a bagel in the third set to duck out much earlier than most expected.

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