Murray handed nightmare Paris Masters draw as Djokovic and Alcaraz discover fate

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Andy Murray has been given a nightmare draw in the Paris Masters as he will face nemesis Alex de Minaur in the first round. The Brit has lost to De Minaur in all five of their meetings with the Aussie proving an extremely tricky opponent for the veteran. Murray most recent defeat to De Minaur came in the first round of the China Open. But will be looking to take his revenge in France.

Novak Djokovic has been given a bye but drawn in the same side as Jannik Sinner and Ben Shelton, while Carlos Alcaraz also has a bye but joins Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas on the other side.

The only other Brit in the draw, Cameron Norrie, will face French wildcard Alexandre Muller, though a victory would see him next up against Alcaraz.

Other notable first-round matches include Tommy Paul taking on Richard Gasquet, Stan Wawrinka against Matteo Arnaldi and Frances Tiafoe vs Alexander Bublik.

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Last time out against De Minaur in Beijing, the 24-year-old Australian battled his way to a 6-3 5-7 7-6 (8-6) victory over Murray. This was his fifth win without reply, including during the first round at Queen’s earlier this year.

The two-time Wimbledon champion’s tempers reached boiling point as he was clearly aggravated, receiving a code violation for smashing his racket on the ground after De Minaur broke serve.

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Murray was defeated by Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 event in Basel on Wednesday.

He once again slammed his racket into the ground during the 6-7 6-3 6-2 loss. Murray has failed to win back-to-back matches since August and the 36-year-old hopes to turn his fortunes around against a familiar foe.

Djokovic lost in the final to Holger Rune last year and the pair are in the same side of the draw. The Serb could also face a rematch with American sensation Ben Shelton as they could meet in the third round if he overcomes either Martin Etcheverry or Miomir Kevmanovic.

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