Paris - Novak
Djokovic admitted on Sunday that Andy Murray's dramatic last-gasp assault
on his world number one ranking has rejuvenated a season which was
limping into mediocrity for the 12-time major winner.
Djokovic has suffered a worrying dip in form since winning his first French Open and completing the career Grand Slam in June.
He had a shock early loss at Wimbledon followed by a first round exit at the Olympics and a runners-up spot at the US Open.
But as the 29-year-old prepares to defend the Paris Masters title he
has won for the past three years, he insists Murray's charge for the top
has provided the fresh impetus he needs.
"It makes me want to go on court and fight for every point because
there is something to win at the end," Djokovic said Sunday adding he
felt "rejuvenated and regenerated".
If Djokovic reaches next Sunday's final in Paris, he will retain his world number one ranking.
But if he fails to make the championship match, then Murray will
become the number one as long as the British star wins the title.
Djokovic, who has admitted "private issues" contributed to his summer
slump, believes Paris is the perfect place to revive his fortunes on
his return to the French capital.
"Winning Roland Garros this year gave me a lot of joy but it required
a lot of energy. I felt a little exhausted after and I was a little
less motivated," said the Serb, who hasn't played since a semi-final
defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Shanghai Masters.
"I took a little time to think about all these things, to find a new
motivation and a new ambition. It's in place. I feel good. I'm happy to
come back here to Paris. I hope to have a good week."
Djokovic has a bye in the first round at the Paris Masters before facing either Nicolas Almagro or Gilles Muller.