Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Andy Murray slips to sixth in world rankings

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

Stanislas Wawrinka says he is confident in his ability to beat Rafael Nadal even though he has never won a set against the Spaniard

Australian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka confident that he can defeat Rafael Nadal in his first Grand Slam final

Wawrinka will head into his first ever Grand Slam final against a man he has never won a set against

Roger Federer is in his best form since his 2012 Wimbledon success, claims Greg Rusedski

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer has let himself begin 'dreaming' of an 18th Grand Slam title

After beating Andy Murray the former world number one will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-final

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

Roger Federer is in his best form since his 2012 Wimbledon success, claims Greg Rusedski

Australian Open 2014: Victory in Melbourne would be Roger Federer's 'biggest triumph', claims Martina Navratilova

Andy Murray could also rank the achievement among his greatest triumphs due to the difficult draw

Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

Australian Open 2014: Tomas Berdych beats third seed David Ferrer to progress to last four in Melbourne for the first time

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his fourth round win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer to face Andy Murray in quarter-finals following victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The former world number one has looked in ominous form in Melbourne

Serena Williams reacts during her defeat by Ana Ivanovic at the Australia Open on Sunday

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams shocked by Ana Ivanovic while Novak Djokovic powers on against Fabio Fognini

The American, gunning for her 18th Grand Slam title, struggled with a back injury

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his third round match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic extends winning streaks with victory against Denis Istomin

The Serbian has not lost since the US Open final

The courts at the Australian Open are so hot that you can boil an egg on the surface.

Australian Open 2014: Eggs frying on court, spectacular thunder storms and extreme heat - just another day in Melbourne

Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 16 January 2014

City beat Rovers in replay to close in on century of goals

Novak Djokovic celebrates his second round victory over Leonardo Mayer at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic eases into third round with a routine victory over Leonardo Mayer

Serbian needed just three sets to seal the win 6-0 6-4 6-4

Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) comforts Australia's Bernard Tomic after his retirement from their men's singles match on day two

Australian Open 2014: Bernard Tomic jeered by home crowd after retiring in match against Rafael Nadal

The Australian youngster was a set down at the time

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

Gunners survive late scare to top the table again

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