Murray Becomes World Number and Wins Paris Masters

(Saturday)

Congrats to Murray who became number one today for the first time! Surely deserved after a very consistent year although he’d probably wanted to at least win his match over Raonic to get it done.

I must say it feels strange that Murray got the number one ranking after Djokovic’s strong start to the year and winning the personal slam. He did better than Murray in the big events but he can still win Paris and London.

If he does that I’d feel he deserves it a bit more but hopefully this situation will make the people who are always acting like slams are the only thing that matters take note. They can’t have it both ways.

Either they accept that there are more to tennis greatness than the number of slams you win or they don’t accept the fact that Murray is number one after Djokovic won the most slams this year.

I think there is more to tennis greatness than the number of slams you win and therefore I accept that Murray is number one. I also accept that Djokovic did something that hasn’t been done since 1969 when he won the personal slam which is why I am not constantly on his case about the fact that he is slumping.

I never really thought he would ever get over his burnout before the end of the year but, of course, as a fan, you are always hoping. Now I am convinced he won’t after what I saw in Paris.

He lost 6-4, 7-6(2) to Cilic in another shocking performance by his high standards. The defining moment was when he broke serve in the second set and served for the set at 5-4. He served two consecutive double faults to drop serve.

If that doesn’t smack of burnout I don’t know what does. The mojo is just completely gone. And understandably so. As a fan, you are always hoping for more but in hindsight, it is crystal clear that the French Open and personal slam took an awful lot out of him.

I’ve already written about it. Everyone should just give the guy a damn break. He was on the most dominant run in tennis history and he doesn’t own anyone anything including his own fans.

I find it quite sad that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for winning the personal slam but that he does get all the coverage for being in a slump. Am I the only damn person in the world who appreciates the enormity of what he achieved?

Sometimes it feels that way. But that’s fine. The fact that I can appreciate it makes it that more enjoyable. For instance, I understand the slump that he is going through which is why as a fan it doesn’t bother me.

If by next year things don’t improve then it may start to bother me. I never expected him to recover before next year, to begin with, which is why everything he achieved since winning the French Open was just a bonus.

I thought he did great by winning Toronto and making the US Open final. But you wish he could just take the second half of the year off because he is not enjoying himself out there but unfortunately, that is how the tennis season is set up and why I am not so concerned with him losing the number one ranking.

I think people have short memories. I have no doubt that he or any of his fans would gladly have sacrificed the year end number one if before the French Open they were given a choice between the French Open title and the year-end number one.

I mean it’s a no-brainer.

  • Murray Wins Paris Title

All right so I am back today to finish my post after Murray won the Paris title yesterday against Isner 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4. So congrats to him once more. I’m sure he feels better now that he justified his ranking with a win as opposed to a walkover.

And Isner was playing very well this week. This means Murray end the year with one slam title and three masters titles as opposed to Djokovic’s two slam titles and four masters titles.

It seems inappropriate to me that Murray is number one but he can still win London and like I said he can have the number one ranking after what Djokovic achieved this year and last year. And I think Murray will win London too.

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Djokovic is just too burned out and there is no Federer or Nadal either. Certainly, it seems the competition has weakened toward the end of the year. I’m not even sure Djokovic will pass the group stage in London.

He looks that fried. He could make semis but I definitely don’t see him getting back to number one in London. It may take a long time for him to get back to number one because he has plenty of points to defend in the first half of 2017.

But that’s fine he won’t have much to defend in the second half of the year. The main thing is to come back refreshed next year and focus on winning more slams. That is still more important than being number one.

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for this. No, you’re not the only one who appreciates the enormity of what Novak has achieved. Most of his true fans feel the same way and are just as disgusted with the way the haters in the media and establishment have treated him over the years. We hope he can come back refreshed next year, but even if it is not to be, for some of us he will be the greatest anyway and has nothing to prove. We thank him for the years of thrills and joy and heart failure he has given us, and for his passion and guts and heart.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’re welcome. I have already said that Djokovic played himself into the GOAT debate when he won the FO this year. His run from the beginning of 2015 until the FO this year was the most impressive in history. Not only was he the first guy since Laver to win 4 consecutive slams but he is the first guy to do it on three different surfaces.

    So everything from here on is really a bonus. It’s like you say. Even if he doesn’t return to form next year he has nothing left to prove!

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  2. Hi,
    as almost every time I agree about your article.
    Yes Murray deserved this position for he work hard to get it there and was more consistent throughout this year. It wasn’t his fault that he didn’t have to play finals against top players, simply because he got there and they didn’t.
    But in my opinion, Novak lost his mojo at the Olimpyc Games. Yes, after RG he lost early in Wimbledon, but beside some lost eagerness to win he was forced to play at the open, interrupted several times by rain delay and against Sam Querrey who played tennis of his life but after that he won the next major tournament:Toronto. His downfall came after his lost from DelPo at OG. It’s because he wanted so much to get the gold for his country (and he knew the whole country counted on that as they expected it from him in London OG where he also was a favorite for gold) that that loss made him lose his strongest advantage over other payers: his mental strength. Only after that he felt winning personal slam and all other achievements as a added burden to his already vulnerable mental state.
    I also agree with you that after US Open he probably should have take off for the rest of the season to fully recover for next year.
    Although I do believe that he’ll be back at his usual high standard I’m not sure how this still unexpected losses will reflect on him and other players belief that he can now be bitten. He’ll have to put more efforts to win the game right from the beginning of every tournament and against every player whatever their ranking will be. He’ll have to prove himself again and doing it after all his achievements won’t be easy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Glad you agree, Petar. I don’t know if it will be that hard to return to his old form. Everyone knows he is not the same player he was before Wimbledon. Believe me when he returns to his old form there just isn’t much the opposition can do, whether they believe they can or not.

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  3. It’s strange indeed to see Murray in the top position. He has worked hard and deserves a lot of credit, but still has a lot to prove though. I really think he needs to conquer Djokovic again in a big slam match to truly be accepted as the no.1. He must have put a lot of of energy into chasing the top ranking, so I wouldn’t be surprised if takes a toll on him ahead of next year’s season. It will probably be very difficult for Murray to defend his position for very long. I’m sure Novak will be his best (or close to it) in time for AO, which is the most important thing. If Federer makes a comeback next year, maybe Djokovic will smell blood and that’s what it takes for him to become reinvigorated.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Smart comment BE. I agree. Murray can’t be accepted as the real number one before he beats Djokovic in slams and actually wins more slams than Djokovic. Currently, he is just being an opportunist like Nadal was. A kind of transitional number one. I also think if Federer and Nadal come back Djokovic will be more motivated. Right now he is just a bit bored.

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