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Stanislas Wawrinka victory at the Australian Open signals chinks in strength of 'traditional' top four

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the players dressing room after winning his men's final match against Rafael Nadal

Australian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka in dreamland following his first Grand Slam success

Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal in Melbourne to land his first Grand Slam title in his very first final

All smiles: China’s Li Na celebrates with her second Grand Slam trophy

Australian Open 2014: Experience counts as Li Na has last laugh

Chinese proves too strong for debutant finalist in winning Australian Open at the third attempt

China's Li Na poses with the trophy after her victory against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during the women's singles final at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

Australian Open 2014: Li Na victorious in third attempt as she sees off Dominika Cibulkova

She edged nervous first set on tie-break before easing to 7-6 (7/3) 6-0 victory

China's Li Na poses with the trophy after her victory against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during the women's singles final at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

Australian Open 2014: Li Na victorious in third attempt as she sees off Dominika Cibulkova

She edged nervous first set on tie-break before easing to 7-6 (7/3) 6-0 victory

Dominika Cibulkova pictured ahead of the Australian Open final

Australian Open 2014: Dominika Cibulkova faces a tall order in beating Li Na in the final

The 5ft 3in tall player can become the first Grand Slam singles winner from Slovakia with victory on Saturday

Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after beating Agnieszka Radwanska to progress to the Australian Open final

Australian Open 2014: Underdog Dominika Cibulkova upsets Agnieszka Radwanska to set-up final against Li Na

Semi-final thrashing came after Na saw off 19-year-old sensation Eugenie Bouchard with the pair set to collide on Saturday

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles quarter-final against Romania's Simona Halep
Belarus's Victoria Azarenka (L) walks on court during her women's singles match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka becomes latest big name player to crash out in Melbourne

The defending champion was beaten by Agnieszka Radwanska

Rafael Nadal celebrates his quarter-final triumph

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal battles to four-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals

But defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka is out

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reacts to a point to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her defeat at the quarter-final stage

Australian Open 2014: Eugenie Bouchard battles back from a set down to knock out Ana Ivanovic - and win even more hearts in Melbourne

The Canadian youngster looked completely at home as she knocked out Serena Williams' conqueror to reach the semi-finals with a 5-7 7-5 6-2 win

Andy Murray celebrates his Australian Open victory over Stephane Robert

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray progresses to quarter-finals despite dropping his first set of the tournament in win over Stephane Robert

Murray missed four match points in the third set before losing on a tie-break but recovered to claim the fourth and move into the last eight

Blue wonder: Andy Murray is hot favourite to follow up his win against Feliciano Lopez and reach the quarter-finals

Australian Open 2014: Dostoyevsky fan Stéphane Robert books tie with Andy Murray

On his day, he can be as cultured on court as he is off it so Briton needs to beware 

Azarenka broke unseeded Yvonne Meusburger's serve twice in the first four games and was rarely troubled

Australian Open 2014: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova into fourth round

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka made it all look routine Saturday in defeating unseeded Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-0 in a third-round match at the Australian Open.

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My life in travel: Jonathan Edwards

'The Cipriani in Venice was immaculate'

Heather Watson progressed tot he Australian Open main draw after beating Irina Falconi

Australian Open: Heather Watson beats Irina Falconi to join Laura Robson and Andy Murray in Grand Slam main draw

21-year-old had to qualify for the tournament and triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-1) to progress to the main draw

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