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Britain's tennis star Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic will resume their battle for the year-end World No.1 at the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London from November 13 to 20.

Murray, who has won eight titles this year, leads the group which includes Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. He will play Cilic on the night of November 14. Murray is attempting to become the first Briton to win the ATP World Tour Finals and secure year-end No.1 in the ATP Rankings.

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More than seven years after he first ranked No. 2, Great Britain’s Andy Murray will take over the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, replacing Novak Djokovic, who has held the top spot since 7 July 2014. Murray will now battle Djokovic for the coveted year-end No. 1 at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray was guaranteed to move to No. 1 for the first time as a result of reaching the BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris on Saturday. Djokovic had been No. 1 for the past 122 weeks since 7 July 2014, and 223 weeks overall. Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2 since first reaching the mark in 2009, is the first British male to rank No. 1 in the history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973).

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Briton Andy Murray moved to within one win of becoming the new world no.1 after Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.

World no.1 Djokovic crashed out following a 6-4, 7-6 (2) loss to Cilic. Djokovic has been struggling to regain top form since capturing his first French Open title, opened the door for Cilic to earn his first victory over the Serbian in 15 tries on Friday.

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Stan Wawrinka was shown the door at the Paris Masters during his opening match as Novak Djokovic claimed an easy win and Andy Murray struggled through. The third-ranked Swiss and US Open champion was knocked out by German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1) on Wednesday.

Wawrinka started out strong, but ran out of gas after being forced into a second-set tiebreak. Struff broke in the seventh game of the third set but Wawrinka broke back to send the match into a decisive tiebreak, which the German easily won.

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Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic retained top spot with 12,900 points in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings released on Monday. Scotland's Andy Murray is at second spot with 10,985 points while Japanese Kei Nishikori climbed to fourth place, pushing Canadian Milos Raonic down to fifth. Swiss great Roger Federer fell to ninth place, while French Gael Monfils rose to seventh place.

Germany's Angelique Kerber meanwhile continued to top the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings with 9,080 points. Serena Williams of the US is at second spot with 7,050 points, while Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova jumped from the eighth place to the fifth place after her recent WTA Finals win.

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World number one Novak Djokovic praised Britain's second-ranked Andy Murray, who is approaching the top spot of ATP ranking, after he won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday. Murray's win brings the Scot within 415 points of Djokovic, who is the defending champion in Paris this week. The duo met in the final here last year with Djokovic easing past Murray 6-2, 6-4.

During a press conference in Paris, Djokovic admitted that Murray is probably playing the best tennis of his career.

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Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic retained the top spot with 12,900 points in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings released on Monday. Djokovic lost 640 points after he was defeated by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the Shanghai Masters' semi-finals as he had won the tournament the previous year, and was defending 1000 points.

Scotland's Andy Murray garnered 640 points after winning Shanghai Masters on Sunday to be at second spot with 10,485 points and continues to close in on Djokovic. Should results continue to go the Briton's way, the two-time Olympic Gold medalist could well find himself finishing the year as the world no.1.

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