How Tennis' Top Stars Changed Public Perception in 2013

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How Tennis' Top Stars Changed Public Perception in 2013
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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during 2013 U.S. Open trophy ceremony.

What a difference a year makes.

Last year, the great Roger Federer won his 17th Grand Slam title. This year, he dropped out of the Top Five.

Andy Murray became a national hero. Novak Djokovic looked less than invincible, and Rafael Nadal looked unstoppable. 

On the WTA Tour, Maria Sharapova experienced a tumultuous summer. Victoria Azarenka closed the gap between herself and Serena Williams. Li Na re-established herself as a top contender.  

Yet only Nadal and Williams will finish the year with more than one Grand Slam title. They also seem likely to finish the calendar year ranked No. 1.

Although there is plenty of tennis left to play in 2013, the Grand Slams are finished.

Let's face it, Grand Slams define careers. 

How the top stars perform in Slams determines how the public perceives them.

So how did their performances in 2013 impact public perception? 

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