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

The battle to be world No1 has developed a spiritual dimension as Djokovic brings in a new-age guru to help reverse his recent slump in form in Paris

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.

If Murray wins the Paris Masters final and Djokovic does not get out of the semi-finals, the prize will swing from Belgrade to Dunblane, an achievement before the ATP World Tour Finals in London this month that should all but ensure the Scot a knighthood in the New Year honours list.

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