June 1, 2011; Paris, FRANCE; Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts in his quarterfinal match against Robin Soderling (SWE) on day eleven of the 2011 French Open at Roland Garros.
Victory is hers
Kim Clijsters of Belgium celebrates championship point of the 2011 Australian Open against Na Li of China in the women's singles final. Clijsters' rallied to win in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her fourth major title.
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy after defeating Britain's Andy Murray in the men's singles final at the 2011 Australian Open. The two-week run in Melbourne would be the beginning of Djokovic's incredible historic run during the first half of the year.
China's Li Na falls to the ground after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 7–6(0) in the women's singles final to win the 2011 French Open. Li Na became the first Asian to ever win a tennis Grand Slam event.
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After reaching a second straight Slam final, China's Li Na holds the trophy at Roland Garros after a decisive victory over Italy's Francesca Schiavone. Li is the first Asian player to win any of tennis' major tournaments.
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Spain's Rafael Nadal falls to the ground after defeating Roger Federer to win the 2011 French Open men's singles title. This victory marked Nadal's sixth French Open title and 10th Grand Slam championship.
Two of the best
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both classic champions, stand side by side after their hard-fought French Open final.
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Always in style, Roger Federer manages a smile after a crushing five-set loss to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 Wimbledon men's quarterfinal round.
Russia's Maria Sharapova talks to the umpire during the 2011 Wimbledon ladies' singles final against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. Sharapova, who reached her first Slam final since 2004, hoped more calls would go her way, but that just wasn't the case as Kvitova won the match in straight sets. However, the 2011 Wimbledon
Thrill of victory
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in the Ladies' final at Wimbledon. Kvitova beat Sharapova in straight sets to win her first Slam title and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the world.
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Novak Djokovic celebrates championship point by falling to the ground after he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to win his first Wimbledon title. Even though Djokovic lost in the semifinal round at Roland Garros to Roger Federer, he picked right back up and continued his 2011 dominance to win his second major title this year.
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Novak Djokovic, left, consoles Rafael Nadal after defeating him in the 2011 Wimbledon men's singles final. Nadal could not beat Djokovic in 2011 losing all six matches.
Don't hold back
American Donald Young reacts after defeating No. 24-seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in their third-round match at the US Open. Young's explosive run in New York to the fourth round provided much-needed hope for the future of American tennis.
Tournament referee Brian Earley, right, speaks with players Andy Roddick, center, and David Ferrer of Spain, far left, prior to their delayed fourth-round match. Their match was moved from Louis Armstrong Stadium to Court 13 due to an unplayable surface. Rain caused a scheduling headache for US Open officials who tried to get as many matches played as possible. But Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray voiced their opposition to playing in less-than-desirable conditions.
Former world No. 1 Serena Williams, left, shakes hands with reigning No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after their semifinal match at the 2011 US Open. Williams defeated Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to reach her fifth US Open final.
Up for a challenge
Reminiscent of the famed "foot fault" incident at the 2009 US Open, Serena Williams questions the call of chair umpire Eva Asderakia while playing against Samantha Stosur of Australia during the 2011 US Open women's singles final.
Is this for real?
Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after winning the women's championship match against Serena Williams at the US Open. Stosur defeated Williams 6-2, 6-3 and felt she played her best tennis and that she was "very fortunate to do it on this stage."
Man of the year
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 to win the 2011 US Open men's singles title. Djokovic has won three majors this year and has only lost two matches for an epic run.
Making her rise
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates with the trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. With the win, Kvitova solidified her year-end No. 2 ranking.
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Czech them out!
The Czech Republic won its first Fed Cup title in 23 years after Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke (pictured) beat Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2 in the decisive doubles match to secure a 3-2 win over Russia in the final. The win capped an impressive year for Czech star Petra Kvitova who won both her Fed Cup singles matches.
Can't count him out
After losing a five-set thriller to Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals in September, 30-year-old Roger Federer didn’t lose a match the rest of the year, picking up titles in Basel and Paris and winning the season-ending ATP Finals in London. While he didn't have as much success at the majors this year, Federer closed the year out strong, showing he still has a lot left.
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Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro to earn a sixth Davis Cup for Spain. Nadal fought back from one set down to win the match 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(0).