Since Roger Federer announced that he wouldn’t compete in Paris Masters 1000 (where he won last year adding up 1000 points to his ranking) Novak Djokovic became the virtual end of the year number one of the ATP Ranking of 2012.
Even if Federer manages to win every game in the ATP World Tour Final and Djokovic loses every single game in Paris – done! In a surprising defeat against Sam Querrey after he offered a beagle to the American in the first set – and London, Novak as already secured a more than 1500 points lead, which is more than the maximum points that Federer can defend in the O2 Arena.
So, in the year where Roger Federer broke the all times record for the highest number of weeks occupying the ATP ranking number 1 position (more than 300 weeks! – yes, a year has 52 weeks) , the year will end as it begun with Novak Djokovic in the top place.
For the last big clash of the year several point of interest still emerge thou. For one Nadal will return. And, of course, Federer will be defending the crown and try the 7h championship victory at the World Tour Finals (it would be the fourth in a row).
In the meantime, while the Paris 1000 is still ongoing, Andy Murray has a real chance to position himself in an unprecedented position to begin 2013 with a genuine prospect of defying the highest place of the ranking.