Good Week/Bad Week
We review the past week in the world of sport and discuss who fired and who floundered
By Alex Williams
Last Updated: 18/11/13 7:33pm
Although the year may be drawing to a close, there has been no shortage of drama as a host of sporting personalities contrive to leave one last mark on 2013.
So whether it is records falling in Formula 1, delightful darts, gallant rugby union defeats or a boxing anti-climax, we have made our choice on the best and the worst from the past week.
The Swede had already pocketed a cool $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup at the end of September, but his appetite for earning did not abate and on Sunday he completed a historic double.
Stenson took a commanding six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship to clinch the European Tour's Race to Dubai, becoming the first man to ever win that crown and the FedEx Cup in the same year.
The 37-year-old surged into the lead in the second round and did not look back, signing for scores of 67 and 64 on the final two days of competition at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
After putting the finishing touches on the most successful season of his career - in which he finished second at the Open and third at the US PGA Championship - Stenson stated his goal of winning a major in 2014. On current form, not many would bet against him.
The likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso may be forgiven for wondering if they will ever get to stand atop a Formula 1 podium again after Vettel took his eighth straight race win at the United States Grand Prix in Austin.
The four-time world champion produced a stunning final sector on his last qualifying lap to snatch pole position away from Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber before cruising away from the field on Sunday in his customary manner.
Vettel's most recent success saw him break Michael Schumacher's record of consecutive wins in a season and he is one behind his fellow German's mark of 13 victories in a season with one grand prix remaining this year.
Having turned 53 this summer and with 16 world championships under his belt, it is quite illogical to think that 'The Power' is actually getting better. But that seems to be the case.
Taylor comfortably defeated Robert Thornton in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton to win his seventh PDC premier event of the year and set himself up nicely for the defence of his world title in a month's time.
However, it was his performance in a scarcely-believable semi-final with Adrian Lewis which earned all the plaudits. Taylor averaged over 109 while his opponent averaged nearly 111 in a contest which featured 32 180s - the highest amount ever in a PDC contest.
Friday marked the first time England met Chile since a 1998 friendly at Wembley which will be remembered for an outstanding display from Marcelo Salas, who scored both goals in a 2-0 win for the South Americans.
And 15 years later history repeated itself, Chile once again beating the Three Lions on their own turf thanks to a brace from an inspired forward.
This time it was Barcelona's Sanchez who was the start of the show, striking early with a low header before finishing off the job in stoppage time with a classy chip over Fraser Forster.
The former WBA heavyweight world champion and undisputed cruiserweight king has been advised to retire from boxing after having surgery to repair ruptured tendons in his shoulder.
Haye had already been forced to postpone his highly-anticipated domestic showdown with Tyson Fury due to a cut and now the fight is off for good after the 33-year-old underwent a five-hour operation in Germany.
Two years ago the Londoner went through with his well-publicised plan to retire after turning 31, but he ultimately went back on that decision in order to win a grudge match against Dereck Chisora.
He had plans to earn another global heavyweight belt, but now may not be able to do what he always wanted - go out on his own terms.
There is no shame in being edged out by the fearsome All Blacks, but that did not stop coach Stuart Lancaster from stating that the overriding feeling in the dressing room was one of disappointment after England's 30-22 defeat at Twickenham.
Since Robshaw has taken over the captaincy, he has enjoyed a marquee win over New Zealand last year but has also missed out on the Six Nations crown twice and was left out of this summer's victorious British and Irish Lions squad.
And to make matters worse, the flanker was left nursing an almighty shiner following the latest near-miss at the weekend.
Tomas Berdych has attracted criticism for not winning a single tournament in 2013 despite his high ranking, but he more than made up for that by helping the Czech Republic retain one of the most cherished prizes in tennis this past weekend.
Berdych and Stepanek combined to defy an expectant home crowd to lead the Czechs to a 3-2 victory in the Davis Cup final against Serbia in Belgrade, each winning their singles rubbers against Dusan Lajovic but losing against Novak Djokovic.
It was the doubles clash on Saturday which proved decisive, where Berdych and Stepanek combined to defeat Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac, with Djokovic curiously absent.
All good things must come to an end, but cricket connoisseurs the world over have become so accustomed to Sachin Tendulkar's brilliance during his glittering 24-year international career that his retirement will leave a gaping hole.
In what was truly the end of an era, the 'Little Master' said farewell to his adoring fans in Mumbai after 664 international matches and 34,357 total runs for India.
Tendulkar leaves the sport as the highest run-scorer in both Tests and one-day internationals, with 100 centuries for India under his belt. He will surely be remembered as the best batsman of his generation and one of the greatest of all time.