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Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic spell ends on court; No.1 rank at stake

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The “Joker” has failed to reach the finals following a surprise defeat by Marin Cilic. At the BNP Paribas Masters, when Novak Djokovic walked off the court after a rather dismal 6-4, 7-7 (2) loss to Marin Cilic, it is hard to tell if the Serb will manage to even hold onto the No.1 spot till next year. After starting the year on a bang, winning Australian Open and French Open, the latter part of the year has been far from what tennis fans wanted, especially at Paris Masters which he has been winning since 2013.

Before coming into the match, Djokovic had beaten Cilic 14 times in a row. The stars are definitely aligning in favor of Andy Murray, as Djokovic failed to carry forward his 122-week reign any further. According to The Guardian, Cilic was ecstatic and said that he played “really smart” tennis to end the Joker’s spell on the court.

Novak Djokovic himself believes that Andy Murray deserves to end the year 2016 at No.1 spot. Should Murray reach the final of the Paris Masters, he will claim the No.1 title from Djokovic.

Currently, the 2nd seed Scot is enjoying a great season, making it to 11 Tour finals, winning 4 of them. Unbeatable on the grass, he has a superlative 12-0 record on the surface.  The 2016 Rio Olympic Games singles champion has so far won 7 calendar titles, 3 of which are Grand Slams, raking in handsome $10,138,060 prize money.

Meanwhile, Murray is probably playing with a “magical” wand that puts him on course to clinch the Paris Masters and of course, the No.1 ranking. Only if Djoko had reached the finals, Murray would have ended the tournament at No.2.  He was quoted as saying to BBC, “I’d love to do it tomorrow.”

Murray will play the semi-final at the AccorHotels Arena, on the court that was considered Djoko’s winning den since 2013. With the defending champion’s exit from the tournament, Murray has a grand chance to pack the Paris Masters into his kitty.

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