Andy Murray may face Novak Djokovic for first time in four years after Paris Masters draw

Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring

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Andy Murray could face old rival Novak Djokovic for the first time in four years after they were drawn in the same side of the bracket for the Paris Masters. The tournament is set to commence from November 1 with the final played on November 7.

The draw gave Djokovic a bye into the second round, with the world number one set to face the winner between Marton Fucsovics and Fabio Foginini. 

Murray, who has competed in six Tour events since the US Open defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas, will face a qualifier or lucky loser in the first round, with qualifying set to conclude this weekend.

A lucky loser is a player who loses in qualifying but enters the draw after someone withdraws for another reason.

Murray has not faced Djokovic in in four years, last competing against the Serb in January 2017 at the Qatar Open in Doha. 

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Despite the Brit sitting atop the world rankings, he slipped to a 3-6 7-5 4-6 defeat to Djokovic, who was world number two at the time. 

Murray is now ranked at 156 in the world but he has gained momentum recently, and was in defiant mood after losing to 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz Garfia – insisting he is ready to go deeper in tournaments. 

“I’m not going to keep losing in the second and third round of tournaments,” the 34-year-old declared.

“I will get better and I will improve and I will break through in one week, or two weeks, or a few months.

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“If I continue on that path and build up a little bit more consistency, be that little bit more clinical and a bit more ruthless I will start winning more and have some deep runs, but it’s tough.

“Draws have been hard, I’ve played in some tough tournaments. The draw was stacked here [in Vienna]. There were no easy matches here. 

“It will happen sooner rather than later I think.”

As for Djokovic, he decided to take some time to rest after relentlessly pursuing the Golden Slam – all four Grand Slams and the Olympic title – before losing in Tokyo.

He then competed at the US Open to try and become the first player to win the Calendar Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969. 

However, Djokovic was frustrated and fatigued as he lost in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev, who claimed his maiden major title at Flushing Meadows.  

Questions surround whether Djokovic will attend the Australian Open in Melbourne as he stands firm and refuses to reveal his vaccination status. 

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