Fired up Djokovic to de­fend No.1 sta­tus

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Paris: No­vak Djokovic is ready to fight for his world num­ber one sta­tus as Andy Mur­ray heads into this week’s Paris Masters look­ing to over­take the Serb. Bri­ton Mur­ray, 29, won his third ti­tle in as many weeks with vic­tory in Vi­enna on Sun­day, and could top the rank­ings with an­other good run in Paris. Four-time cham­pion Djokovic says he is re­ju­ve­nated af­ter a slump in form. “It makes me want to go on court and fight for ev­ery point be­cause there is some­thing to win at the end,” he said. The 12-time Grand Slam cham­pion re­turns to ac­tion af­ter los­ing in the Shang­hai semi-fi­nals two weeks ago.

Djokovic, 29, has finished four of the past five years as the world num­ber one and will hold on to the top rank­ing if he reaches the fi­nal in Paris. How­ever, fail­ure to do so would al­low Mur­ray to over­take him if the Scot can win, or if Mur­ray reaches the fi­nal and Djokovic falls be­fore the semis.

“I have been in th­ese par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tions be­fore in terms of rank­ing, so I know what to do, and I just keep things very sim­ple,” said Djokovic.-BBC

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