Andy Murray opens Paris Masters challenge against Fernando Verdasco

• Murray aiming to maintain bid to oust Novak Djokovic as world No1
• ‘Even if I win all of my matches this week, it’s in Novak’s hands’

Andy Murray must beat Fernando Verdasco in the second round at the Paris Masters if he is to maintain his bid to become the world No1.

The Spaniard was leading Robin Haase 6-2, 3-2 in their first-round match when the Dutchman retired with a hip injury and Verdasco will now face Murray, one of 16 seeded players handed byes into the second round.

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