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From Rafael Nadal's comeback to India's Champions Trophy win to Sebastian Vettel's fourth title: Legends were born in 2013

Friday, 27 December 2013 - 2:17pm IST Updated: Friday, 27 December 2013 - 2:36pm IST | Agency: DNA Web Team
The year 2013 has been a colossal year in the world of sports with many highs and lows.

As the year comes to an end, here's a look at the high and lows in the world of sports in the year 2013 that saw Lance Armstrong admit to drug use, India won the Champions Trophy, Oscar Pistorious murdered his girlfriend, Andy Murray won Wimbledon and many more highs and lows for fans in this roller coaster sports year.

The year started with Lance Armstrong admitting to Oprah that he did drugs on his way to winning the seven Tour de France of which he was stripped after he admitted.

Many fans stopped watching the sport and lost trust in heroes after Armstrong let them down.

Rafael Nadal made his comeback as he won the French Open and then went on a winning spree as he won all the run up tournaments to the US Open going on to win the final Grand Slam of the year after losing in the first round at Wimbledon.

The purple streak of form left many fans in awe of the comeback king.

In tennis Serena Williams also had a resurgence as she won the French and US Opens like Nadal dominating the women's game, becoming a World No1 and the oldest woman player to achieve her laurels.

Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years to win the title. The moment was one of great pride and history for the Brits.

In the cricket world, India won the Champions Trophy which was in its last edition. The Indian team also bid farewell to legend Sachin Tendulkar who retired after the India-West Indies Test series.

Mike Hussey, Graeme Swann retired from all forms of cricket as Jacques Kallis retired from Test cricket.

England won the Ashes at home and then lost in Australia as the rivalry went on.

Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which made big news in the world of sports as world's fastest man Usain Bolt won the double in the World Athletics Championships. In the women's game Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also did likewise.

Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vault queen won the gold medal and announced her retirement.

In chess, Grand Master Viswanathan Anand was topped by young gun Magnus Carlsen who won the World Chess Championship.

Football saw Bayern Munich win the Champions League as Brazil beat Spain to make things exciting as the 2014 World Cup draws were announced with two groups of death.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced a challenge from Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale as Lionel Messi spent time on the sidelines with injury.

In Moto GP, Marc Marquez became the youngest Moto GP champion as he beat his rivals and former champions like Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and the rest.

Sebastian Vettel roared to his fourth straight win as he won the F1 title with a few races to spare. The dominance of Vettel reminded many of his countryman Michael Schumacher.

As 2014 dawns there's a football World Cup in Brazil, the Sokhi Winter Olympics, the World T20 cricket World Cup, a new tennis, F1 and Moto GP season.

Fans will hope the stars rise and the lows in the coming year are less and the joys are more.


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