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LONDON -- You might have expected Andy Murray to seek out Marin Cilic at the Paris Masters.The Croats quarterfinal victory over Novak Djokovic opened the door for Murray to finally become world No. 1 -- and the Scot burst through it on the way to taking his eighth title of the season.We saw each other but nothing specific, Cilic told a news conference, smiling, ahead of the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. He congratulated me on the victory. Nothing too special from him, thats hes gonna hug me and tell me well done for beating Novak. That didnt happen.Considering all the factors in play, Murray probably landed the toughest opening match possible in London.He will line up at the net against Cilic in Mondays evening session, knowing his former coach, Jonas Bjorkman, will now be his opponents secret weapon.When a coach works with a player, always you get to know more things about them, than when looking at the other side, Cilic said. When youre inside the team you know whats happening every day, the ups and downs.Having Jonas on my side now is definitely a big plus. I hope were able to prepare a good plan for the match.Just under 11 months ago, Bjorkman found himself the odd man out in Murrays camp.With Amelie Mauresmo returning from maternity leave to the Scots inner circle ahead of the 2016 season, assistant Bjorkman was an unlucky coaching casualty.There is no bad blood between him and Murray, of course. Murray labelled Bjorkman -- brought in as assistant coach during Mauresmos pregnancy -- as one of the nicest guys on the tour when they parted ways last December.I enjoyed working with Jonas. Hes a very, very nice man, who I get on with very well, and he came in and helped me at a difficult time when I really needed someone. So I appreciate that, Murray said at the time, in an IPTL chat with fans.Of course, things didnt quite work out between Murray and Mauresmo, to put it lightly. Amid rumours of a growing rift, they officially split after the Madrid Masters in May. The Frenchwoman would later blame Murrays on-court tantrums for her departure.Jamie Delgado, who was appointed Bjorkmans successor as assistant coach, took up the reigns for the rest of the clay-court season before Murray and Ivan Lendl pulled off a dream reunion on the eve of Queens. The rest is history.Murrays loss is Marin Cilics gain, though. The Croat announced his own split with a former Grand Slam winner, Goran Ivanisevic, in August before bringing in Bjorkman as his new coach ahead of the US Open.Cilic had just won his first Masters title at Cincinnati -- beating none other than Murray in the final.Absolutely. I was sitting at home watching when they played in Cincinnati, so that was okay, Bjorman told Press Association Sport. Watching at home is not the same. Here now, its going to be different, but it will be fun.I have a great relationship with the whole team. Im so happy for Andy, what he has achieved this year. I think no one else deserves it more than him. I saw the work he puts in every day and Im really impressed the way hes been playing the last couple of months.Its obviously going to be a tough match for Marin to play him now when hes in this form but its the group stage and you can be a little bit more relaxed. Hopefully Marin can go in and take advantage of the victory from Cincy.Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, added: That win in Cincinnati is quite a big part for me to prepare.I know that even with Andys great form, especially during the summer, I was able to beat him. I will definitely take a few things from that match to try to implement here.Andys been on great run. Hell be motivated, with the crowd on his side. Hes been playing well when he needed to under pressure, when he needed to deliver. But its gonna be tough for him as well. I just hope I continue with my good form I had in these last few months. 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I havent come all the way from New Zealand even though this beautiful Hertfordshire weather is lovely and the community is great, it would be worthwhile if we come away with the big W, but Im happy if we go out on the court the results will come.Dragons did, however, start well by creating a defensive wall in order to keep their opponents as high up the court as possible and attempting to nullify the Mavs attacks.After falling 15-13 down at the end of the opening quarter Trish Wilcoxs side upped the tempo in the next, but the home side responded well thanks to the ever-reliable Sammy Wallace. 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