Andy Murray has an agenda at the Paris Masters this week, and it is to take Novak Djokovic’s status as number one.
The 29-year-old Brit claimed his third title after beating Tsonga in Vienna. And he has a shot at claiming the top spot, if he continues his fine form in Paris.
However, the Serb is not prepared to relinquish his crown that easily and has vowed to fight to retain his spot.
Four-time champion Djokovic says he is rejuvenated after a slump in form.
“It makes me want to go on court and fight for every point because there is something to win at the end,” he said.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion returns to action after losing in the Shanghai semi-finals two weeks ago.
“I have been in these particular situations before in terms of ranking, so I know what to do, and I just keep things very simple,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic won in Toronto but lost early at Wimbledon and the Olympics, and suffered a bruising defeat by Stan Wawrinka in the US Open final.
“Winning the French Open this year has brought a lot of joy to me but on the other hand has taken away a lot from me, as well,” said Djokovic.
“I felt a little bit exhausted, I must say, and maybe less motivated. So I had to kind of rediscover that feeling of being on the court and keep pushing myself.
“I guess it took a little bit of time, more time, and I’m in a better state of mind at the moment than I was some months ago.”