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

Watson overcame nerves to defeat Australian Arina Rodionova in the first round

Australian Open 2014: Heather Watson and Johanna Konta progress in qualifying but Dan Evans' game disintegrates

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta posted victories in Australian Open qualifying, but there was disappointment for fellow British player Dan Evans.

Novak Djokovic knows it will be tough to retain his world No 1 ranking

Novak Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as head coach in move described as 'very bold'

The German has not worked with any players since his retirement and has instead focused on punditry

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Following on from his Olympic gold and victory in the 2012 US Open, 2013 saw the Scot go on to win the tournament that really mattered to British sports fans. The 77-year wait for a British champion of Wimbledon was brought to an end when the 26-year-old beat Novak Djokovic in the final. He also reached the final of the Australian Open in January.

Sports Personality of the Year: Andy Murray will not attend ceremony, despite being favourite to lift award

The Scot is expected to win the prize, which is voted for by the public

Roger Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer dealt blow in bid to reach ATP World Tour Finals

Former world number one beaten by Gael Monfils in Shanghai

Heather Watson’s defence of Japan Open title ends at first hurdle

Heather Watson’s year to forget took another turn for the worse yesterday when she was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, the world No 48, as the Briton began the defence of her Japan Open title in Osaka.

Rafael Nadal congratulates Novak Djokovic on his China Open victory

China Open: Novak Djokovic hits back after loss of No 1 by halting Rafael Nadal’s run

Spaniard suffers first hard-court defeat of the year in Beijing

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

Serena Williams certain to finish year top of world rankings

It will be the third time the American has turned the year as world number one

Andy Murray gives the thumbs up from hospital

Andy Murray tweets 'thumbs up' picture from hospital bed following surgery on his back

The British number one is not expected to play again this season

Andy Murray eased to a straight-sets win yesterday but may now be rested

Davis Cup: GB fear for Andy Murray after fresh back injury scare

British number one dropped just six games in straight sets win

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal backed to win more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer

Readers of The Independent expect Spaniard to surpass 'the greatest player of all time'

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Poll: Who will win more Grand Slam titles - Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer?

US Open victory means Nadal trails his rival by just four

Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) holds the trophy as he celebrates his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia

US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic fears Rafael Nadal will replace him as world number one

The Serbian was beaten at Flushing Meadows in four sets

US Open 2013: Rafael Nadal says victory over Novak Djokovic completes 'most emotional season'

The Spaniard won in four sets against the world number one

Rafael Nadal celebrates his US Open victory
Serena Williams poses with her trophy

US Open 2013: Serena Williams’ verdict on a year when she won two Slams: ‘I’m a little bit disappointed’

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