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Novak Djokovic turns to love and peace in a bid to end Andy Murray’s dream

Tennis - Shanghai Masters tennis tournament - Novak Djokovic of Serbia v Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain

Rarely have the strengths and frailties of modern athletes been so cruelly exposed as in the major tennis stadiums of the world over the past decade or so. In Paris this week, we will witness the tensile limits of two of the game’s most enduring men of steel, as Andy Murray seeks to unseat Novak Djokovic as the best player in the world.

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US Open: Andy Murray in control during three-set victory over Thomaz Bellucci

When the fans started streaming out of Arthur Ashe stadium on the fifth night of the US Open, they made the reasonable gamble that Rafael Nadal could not blow a two-set lead against Fabio Fognini. When they did the same on Saturday night, the chances of Andy Murray letting Thomaz Bellucci back into the match from two sets down were about the same as might be laid for the new roof to fall in.

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Novak Djokovic holds off Andy Murray fightback to win Madrid Masters

Novak Djokovic survived a determined fightback from Andy Murray to claim the Madrid Open title for the second time in his career. The Serb carved out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory, by turns brilliant and battling, to triumph in two hours and six minutes and move one win ahead of Rafael Nadal as the player with the most Masters Series titles to his name.

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Andy Murray looking past Stan Wawrinka to final glory at French Open

Andy Murray stands on the verge of tennis history yet again. He knows a win over Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday will put him in his first final here – completing the list for all four majors and becoming the first British player to get to the concluding day in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937.

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