After 122 weeks, Novak Djokovic had to finally surrender the ATP throne and give it up to the Brit Andy Murray, who is now the new No.1, for the first time in his career!!!
The decision came after the Brit defeated the American John Isner in the final match of the BNP Paribas Masters tournament in Paris with 6:3, 6:7 and 6:4. Even in the case that Murray had lost the final match, he would still have become the new No.1 as he would have 50 points more than Novak Djokovic.
However, with the win in the Final match, Murray has now collected enough points to comfortably enter the final Masters tournament in London, which starts next week, having 405 points advantage over Novak Djokovic.
This means that Novak still has slight chances of claiming back the ATP throne, but considering his poor performance in the second half of the 2016, it is highly unlikely that Murray would let the Top ranking return to the Serbian once again!!!
The path to the very Top was certainly not that easy for Murray, but we must admit that Novak helped Murray a lot, with his poor performances that started in August of this year, when Novak (although everyone expected the GOLD) saw an first round exit from the Olympic Games in Rio, when his hopes of winning the Gold medal were crushed by the Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro.
Ever since, Djokovic has had many problems that kept his focus away from the tennis courts. He was rumored to be in a love affair with the actress Deepika Padukone, when he was caught leaving a night club accompanied by the Bollywood star!!!
Furthermore, his performances at the US Open and the Shanghai Masters, and now at the BNP Paribas Masters tournament where he was defeated in the QF by the Croatian Marin Cilic (4:6, 6:7), has not been at the highest level and it was noticeable that Novak is not at his best form.
All of these factors prevented Novak Djokovic from collecting more points in the total ranking, while on the other side they opened the clear path for Murray to attack the No.1 ranking, which in the end proved to be crucial and now Murray has a great chance to finish the year as the first British tennis player to ever top the ATP list!!!