Victoria Azarenka breezed past Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka breezes past Sloane Stephens to dispel memories of controversial victory last year

The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory

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 

Australian Open 2014: Caroline Wozniacki down and out but Rafael Nadal keeps up winning ways

When Caroline Wozniacki was world No 1, her critics always pointed to the fact that she had never won a Grand Slam title. Now that the 23-year-old Dane is heading out of the world’s top 10 it seems she does not even have it in her to make the quarter-finals any more.

Victoria Azarenka takes a medical time-out during the 2013 Australian Open semi-final against Sloane Stephens

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka and Sloan Stephens set to do their talking on the court in repeat of controversial semi-final

Stephens was fighting back last year when Azarenka took a medical time-out which some suggested was tactical in order to break her opponents rhythm

Federer was barely troubled by Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili, the world number 79

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer set for tougher tests after routine wins

Swiss faces French roadblock in last 16 encounter

Feliciano Lopez is hoping his new skinhead look will lead to a change in fortunes when he takes on Andy Murray in the Australian Open third round

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray opponent Feliciano Lopez upsets Judy Murray by getting a hair cut

Dubbed 'Deliciano' by Judy Murray, Lopez is hoping that his new approach to 2014 will lead to a victory when he takes on her son for a place in the fourth round

Serena Williams celebrates her third round victory over Daniela Hantuchova at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams inspired by Nelson Mandela to end Indian Wells boycott

The Williams sisters have not played there since 2001, but the world Number One admits the Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom has made her reconsider

Rafael Nadal celebrates his second round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal continues his Aussie demolition as he sees off home teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory

Damir Dzumhur, world No 188, has reached the third round

Australian Open 2014: Bosnian rank outsider Damir Dzumhur captures Melbourne hearts

When the Grand Slam tournaments upped their prize-money for players knocked out in the early rounds, they were thinking of people like Damir Dzumhur. Listen to the 21-year-old Bosnian's story and you appreciate that there is much more to this sport than the jet-setting world of multimillionaires such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Vincent Millot is hoping to cause a major upset when he takes on Andy Murray in the second round of the Australian Open

Australia Open 2014: Andy Murray opponent Vincent Millot hoping back pain won't hinder his attempts at an upset

The pair both encounter back problems last year but Millot is hopeful that he can pull off a surprise win despite the large gap between the two in the ATP rankings

Stéphane Robert

Australian Open 2014 - Comment: Competitors need compensation if injury means they miss start of a Grand Slam

A trend of players pulling out of first round matches is emerging

Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka came through in straight-sets against Johanna Larsson to move into the second round

Australian Open: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka joins Caroline Wozniacki in reaching the second round

Azarenka defeated Johanna Larsson 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 while Wozniacji breezed past Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0 6-2

Laura Robson suffered a first-round exit at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson not the new kids in town now

First-round defeats and success for next generation send out timely warning to British pair

Both Heather Watson and Laura Robson were knocked out of the Australian Open on the opening day's play

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic admits Boris Becker link-up is a 'risk'

The German has been drafted in as coach

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