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

Andy Murray, who won Wimbledon this year, will be the first tennis player to win the award since 1997

Andy Murray set for competitive return in Abu Dhabi after recovering from a long-standing back problem

Murray underwent an operation on his back in September but will make his long-awaited return to action next week

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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

Pope Francis caresses a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City

Pope Francis, Miley Cyrus and a Briton winning Wimbledon: Facebook's 2013 year in review unveiled

New charismatic pontiff became a social media phenomenon in 2013

Greg Rusedski plays a forehand during his match against Pat Rafter at the Royal Albert Hall

Greg Rusedski tells Andy Murray he must find new focus

Greg Rusedski believes that Andy Murray’s main goal when he returns to competition in the new year will be to become world No 1.

Novak Djokovic at the O2

'Exhausted' Novak Djokovic battles on to Davis Cup final following victory over Rafael Nadal in ATP World Tour Final 2013

Even after the Davis Cup, the world number two will not stop

Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Rafael Nadal during the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Final 2013: Novak Djokovic has the final word over Rafael Nadal at the O2

It will be remembered as Rafael Nadal’s year, but Novak Djokovic showed here on Monday night that the Spaniard will have to fight every inch of the way if he is to maintain his global supremacy through 2014.

Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Monday night

ATP World Tour Final: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to collide in battle for the unofficial 'Fifth Grand Slam'

Djokovic recognises the importance of the season-ending tournament while Nadal is looking to win the title for the first time

Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Monday night

ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic match preview

A look at Monday night's encounter between the top two players in world tennis at the O2 Arena

The Sport Matrix: Monday 11 November 2013

United continue revival as ‘nervous’ Arsenal fall to RVP

Roger Federer celebrates victory over Del Potro

ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Roger Federer sets up semi-final with Rafael Nadal after coming from behind to beat Juan Martin del Potro

The former world number one progresses as runner up to Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory over Richard Gasquet at the O2 in London

ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Roger Federer faces test of form against Juan Martin del Potro

The pair are bidding for a place in the semi-finals at the O2

Stanislas Wawrinka has secured his place in the last four of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Stanislas Wawrinka looks at home among the game’s elite

At this rate Stanislas Wawrinka might not be the Swiss No 2 for much longer.

Roger Federer enjoyed a routine victory over Richard Gasquet at the O2 in London
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