While falling just one match short of reclaiming the Australian Open crown, Rafael Nadal was a clear winner before he even stepped on court Sunday night.
The second-seeded Spaniard was the player most tweeted about and given the most thumbs-up on the website throughout the tournament with 69,511 points on the social leaderboard more than 20,000 clear of his next-placed rival, his semifinal victim, Roger Federer (48,435).
Top seed and Nadal’s final victim, Novak Djokovic, came in a clear third with 45,965 points on the board.
The battle for fourth was separated by less than 100 points with Andy Murray edging losing women’s finalist Maria Sharapova, while teenage Aussie sensation Bernard Tomic’s early-tournament heroics were still enough to get him into sixth (10,145), despite a fourth-round exit.
Women’s champion and the newest member of the Grand Slam winners’ club, Victoria Azarenka, came in seventh ahead of Aussie legend Lleyton Hewitt, ever-popular Belgian Kim Clijsters and Czech Tomas Berdych.
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