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

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal shake hands after the latter progresses to the Australian Open final

Australian Open 2014: Fans should appreciate two of the greatest players of all time in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federe, claims Pete Sampras

Sampras feels the two shouldn't be compared as to who's better and should instead be enjoyed while they are still playing following their semi-final clash on Friday

Andy Murray gives away his racket which he broke during his victory over Stephane Robert

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer to give Andy Murray first true test since his return

British No 1 to face the rejuvenated Swiss he beat in last year’s semi-finals

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

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

The German has been drafted in as coach

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray hopeful he's ready for heat in Melbourne

The British number one gets underway in Melbourne on Tuesday

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.

Andy Murray took only 37 minutes to beat Mousa Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in the Qatar Open

Qatar Open: Andy Murray powers past Mousa Zayed in 37 minutes in return to competitive action

But fellow Briton Dan Evans lost to Latvia's Ernests Gulbis

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 8 - Sport

1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

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.

Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday

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American coach Nick Saviano and Jesse Witten will work with the 19-year-old

Rafael Nadal on his way to victory over Stanislas Wawrinka in London

ATP World Tour Finals: Jubilant Rafael Nadal confirms No 1 status with victory over Stanislas Wawrinka

No wonder Rafael Nadal did a joyful jig, punching the air in delight. Not only did a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals secure his place in the semi-finals but it also ensured that he would end the year as world No 1.

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Laura Robson splits from coach Miles Maclagan after just four months together

Maclagan helped Robson to the Wimbledon fourth round this year but results have since dropped significantly

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

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Australian Open prize money increases by £1.7m

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