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s title? to win a Grand Slam single ho is the best pla yer not wers – ularly ask , even if the ans It’s a question fans wil l reg levant – have seeme d almost irre in the men’s gam e at lea st

in recent years. pt the ma jor ains the onl y man to interru Juan Martin del Potro rem rra y and Mu y kovic, Roger Federer, And domination that Novak Djo id Ferrer is the ined since June 2005. Dav Rafael Nadal have mainta 2008 – and that the top four rankings since ck cra to yer pla er oth y onl test the recent en Nadal was unable to con was virtually by default wh Australian Open. ble – and when ht be slow, it’s also inevita And yet while change mig ng down the Big e surprises . As our ‘Bre aki it comes, there ma y be som ong the most es this month , mingled am Four’ special feature examin e young pla yers ck that elite group are som obvious contenders to cra v and Bernard Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitro with the requisite X Factor. mples . Tomic are prominent exa ing the increasingly part of the formula for tak Athletic talent is onl y one hnique, tactics, game’s highest echelon. Tec monumental step into the those qualities are are also critical and just as fitness and determination game, they’re ation members in the men’s evident in some Next Gener te the ma jor ng women set out to emula also key components as you ria Sharapova Ma s, Victoria Azarenka and success that Serena William have recently achieved. month , is Stephens, also featured this Rising American star Slo ane r-old once yea 20most buzz. Interestingly, the currently generating the phens went on to on her bedroom wall. Ste posted images of Serena nd Slam singles tionship with the 15-time Gra form a close personal rela quarter-final s. her in the Australian Open champion before defeating nges might next observers consider when cha It underlined a key fact as players they y and synchronicity if it’s the occur: there’ll be both an iron d top spots. usurp them in their covete once inspired who ultimately VIVIENNE CHRISTIE, Editor

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FEATURES

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On top of the world After reclaiming the world No.1 ranking, Serena Williams is highly motivated to keep adding milestones to her spectacular career.

Breaking down the big four Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have been pillars of the men’s game for years – but is their domination still assured?

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Top 10 test

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Sparkle with substance

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Ageless career

How well do you know the stars of the WTA?

Sloane Stephens’ sense of fun only adds to her growing star power but achieving it hasn’t necessarily been easy for the No.2 American.

At age 42, Kimiko Date-Krumm is winning many battles between youth and experience in her second career.

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The life of Bryans

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Time limits

While Bob and Mike Bryan’s off-court life takes each of them in an individual direction, their on-court achievements remain a stunning team effort.

A stricter enforcement of the ATP’s timebetween-points rule is creating challenges for some players. AustrAliAn tennis MAgAzine | April 2013

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BREAKING DOWN

THE BIG FOUR Pillars of the men’s game for the past 10 years, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are also not immune from age, injury or new challengers. DARREN SALIGARI reports on the players who could rise from the pack to break down the Big Four.

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