The US Open ended with two predictable victories as Serena Williams recovered from her Wimbledon loss to Sabine Lisicki and Rafael Nadal crowned a superb comeback year despite his own SW19 disaster.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel continued his F1 dominance and England continued their backwards-thinking tactics with stultifying display in Kiev.

At least there was some colour elsewhere to appreciate...

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  • Germany v Austria - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

    MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: Marko Arnautovic (L) of Austria is challenged by Sami Khedira of Germany during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C qualifying match between Germany and Austria at Allianz Arena on September 6, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 8: DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys is gang tackled by a group of New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 31-36. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

  • Spruce Meadows - British Day

    CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 8: Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium riding Vadetta VH Mettenhof competes in the individual jumping equestrian on the final day of the Masters tournament at Spruce Meadows on September 8, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nicola placed 21st with a first round time of 93.22 seconds and 8 faults. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

  • New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants makes a touchdown pass reception against Will Allen #26 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Cardinals v St. Louis Rams

    ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams is introduced before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

  • 2013 US Open - Day 14

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her women's singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Fourteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

  • America's Cup - Finals Races 3 & 4

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Emirates Team New Zealand skippered Dean Barker (R) and Oracle Team USA skippered James Spithill (L) in action during race three of the America's Cup finals on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Emirates Team New Zealand won race three and Oracle Team USA won race four. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packes tackles Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers late out of bounds during the second quarter at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The late hit started a fight between Matthews and Joe Staley #74 of the 49ers (not pictured). (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Race

    MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Race winner Sebastian Vettel (front) of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, second placed Fernando Alonso (C) of Spain and Ferrari and third placed Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium following the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza on September 8, 2013 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers scores on a twelve yard pass play diving over the tackle of Donte Whitner #31 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

  • 2013 US Open - Day 14

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic celebrate winning their men's doubles final against Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil on Day Fourteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Paes and Stepanek defeated Peya and Soares 6-1 6-3. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Federated Auto Parts 400

    RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • Federated Auto Parts 400

    RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, performs a flip off of his car to celebrate winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

  • 2013 US Open - Day 14

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves during her women's singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States of America on Day Fourteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim breaks his bat as he grounds into a double play ending the first inning against \ the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 8, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

  • Arizona v UNLV

    LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 07: A UNLV graduate wears a bag on his head to express his displeasure with the UNLV Rebels as they play the Arizona Wildcats at Sam Boyd Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2013 US Open - Day 13

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during his men's singles semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Omega European Masters - Day Three

    CRANS, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Tommy Fleetwood of England in action during the third round of the Omega European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on September 7, 2013 in Crans, Switzerland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

  • OLY-2020-IOC-MEETING-JPN

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3-R) celebrates alongside Tokyo 2020 delegation members after IOC president Jacques Rogge announced the Japanese capital to be the winner of the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, during the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Buenos Aires, on September 7, 2013. The three cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics -- Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo -- delivered their final presentations ahead of the expected tight vote by the IOC, though Madrid was eliminated from the race moments after, in the first round of voting. AFP PHOTO / YAN WALTON (Photo credit should read YAN WALTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AFL Second Elimination Final - Collingwood v Port

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07: Oliver Wines of the Power handballs whilst being tackled by Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies during the Second AFL Elimination Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

  • AFL First Elimination Final - Richmond v Carlton

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: The Blues players run through their banner during the First Elimination Final AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 8, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

  • 2013 US Open - Day 15

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fifteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for the USTA)

  • FBL-WC2014-UKR-ENG

    Ukrainian fans react during Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Group H, football match with England in Kiev on September 10, 2013. The match ened on a draw 0-0. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)