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Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray among top contenders for World Sportsman of the Year award

Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray among top contenders for World Sportsman of the Year award

The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14.

Qatar Open: Andy Murray registers his 25th straight win, beats Jeremy Chardy in straight sets

Qatar Open: Andy Murray registers his 25th straight win, beats Jeremy Chardy in straight sets

In 2016, the Briton not only remained unbeaten but won five consecutive titles and snatched the world`s number one spot from Novak Djokovic.

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

The announcement came a month after del Potro staged an incredible comeback to down world number six Marin Cilic of Croatia in an epic five-setter to win Davis Cup.

Juan Martin del Potro likely to miss Australian open due to injury

Juan Martin del Potro likely to miss Australian open due to injury

Having been plagued by injury problems, he enjoyed an unexpectedly good 2016 season, having recovered from a third wrist operation early in the year.

Davis Cup 2016: After Juan Martin del Potro's epic fightback, Federico Delbonis seals Argentina`s maiden title

Davis Cup 2016: After Juan Martin del Potro's epic fightback, Federico Delbonis seals Argentina`s maiden title

Del Potro, who rallied from behind to overcome Andy Murray in a five-set epic in the semi-final, displayed more remarkable resilience and produced an outrageous `tweener` to begin the third set.

Davis Cup: Diego Maradona attends Juan Martin Del Potro's victory over Ivo Karlovic

Davis Cup: Diego Maradona attends Juan Martin Del Potro's victory over Ivo Karlovic

Del Potro was rock solid, allowing the Croat not one break point in the entire match which kept the 15,000-capacity crowd enthalled for three hours and 19 minutes.

Davis Cup Final: Friends clash as Argentina face Croatia in Zagreb

Davis Cup Final: Friends clash as Argentina face Croatia in Zagreb

Croatia, who have chosen a medium-slow court at the Zagreb Arena, have won it once -- defeating Slovakia to be crowned Davis Cup champions in 2005.

Swiss Indoors: German qualifier Mischa Zverev stuns US Open champion Stan Wawrinka

Swiss Indoors: German qualifier Mischa Zverev stuns US Open champion Stan Wawrinka

Two-time champion Juan Martin del Potro hit 14 aces but still went down to a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Kei Nishikori.

Stockholm Open: Juan Martin del Potro wins first ATP title in three years

Stockholm Open: Juan Martin del Potro wins first ATP title in three years

The Argentine won US Open in 2009 before suffering a series of wrist injuries that pushed him to the brink of retirement.

Davis Cup, Fed Cup set for revamp

Davis Cup, Fed Cup set for revamp

In recent seasons, players have often complained of the scheduling and format of the Davis and Fed Cups. 

Davis Cup: Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro hopes to be fit for 'dream' final

Davis Cup: Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro hopes to be fit for 'dream' final

Argentina have been finalists four times in the past 10 years and will attempt to win their first Davis Cup.

Davis Cup: Argentina beat champions Britain, play Croatia in final

Davis Cup: Argentina beat champions Britain, play Croatia in final

Argentina, who have been finalists four times in the past 10 years, will attempt to win their first Davis Cup when they travel to Croatia from November 25-27.

Juan Martin del Potro poised to sit out key Davis Cup clash

Juan Martin del Potro poised to sit out key Davis Cup clash

In the absence of Del Potro Argentina could call on either Federico Delbonis or Mayer.

Davis Cup: Juan Martin Del Potro sinks Andy Murray as Argentina take 2-0 lead

Davis Cup: Juan Martin Del Potro sinks Andy Murray as Argentina take 2-0 lead

The big serving Del Potro capitalised on Murray`s mistakes to take the first set, which included one rally of 41 strokes.

US Open 2016: 14 days, 14 memories

US Open 2016: 14 days, 14 memories

Ivo Karlovic served his way into the US Open record books when he fired 61 aces in his five-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan.

BIG PREVIEW: Novak Djokovic favourite as pretenders line-up at US Open semi-finals

BIG PREVIEW: Novak Djokovic favourite as pretenders line-up at US Open semi-finals

World number one Djokovic takes a 12-0 career lead over Monfils into their semi-final on Friday while Nishikori looks to build on his shock five-set win over Andy Murray against Wawrinka.

US Open: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Juan Martin del Potro to book semi-final berth against Kei Nishikori

US Open: Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Juan Martin del Potro to book semi-final berth against Kei Nishikori

Stan Wawrinka will now lock horns with Kei Nishikori, who stunned Andy Murray to advance into semis.

US Open: Kei Nishikori stuns Andy Murray in five sets, advances to semi-finals

US Open: Kei Nishikori stuns Andy Murray in five sets, advances to semi-finals

Murray looked to be in control at two sets to one ahead and carving out a break point in the third game of the fourth when a loud gong-like sound burst from the malfunctioning public address system in Arthur Ashe stadium.

US Open 2016: Andy Murray, Serena Williams seek to cement semi-final spots

US Open 2016: Andy Murray, Serena Williams seek to cement semi-final spots

Murray, who followed up his third Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon with Rio Olympics gold, takes on 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori for a place in the last four.

US Open 2016: Juan Martin Del Potro lowest ranked quarter-finalist in 25 years

US Open 2016: Juan Martin Del Potro lowest ranked quarter-finalist in 25 years

"I couldn`t bend my knee too much in the last three days so I was handicapped a little bit," said Thiem.