Andy Murray has had a spectacular 2012 so far, winning the London 2012 Olympics gold medal and the 2012 U.S. Open have been amazing results. However, a strong finish to the season can be important for momentum going into the 2013 season.
Therefore, the Paris Masters would have been an event that Murray would have had high hopes going into. However, he is now out of the tournament after a three-set loss to Poland's Jerzy Janowicz. The defeat was even harder to take because he had a match point opportunity to the win the match in straight sets.
The British player will be disappointed to be eliminated from the event at this stage when he could have, arguably, won himself another title for the year. Murray now has one last opportunity to finish the season strongly as the World Tour Finals takes place in London next week.
The timing of this event is, perhaps, the one silver lining to this unfortunate defeat. The World Tour Finals is an opportunity for the best players in the world to battle it out for supremacy. Novak Djokovic knows that he will finish as the world's best player irrespective of events in London.
However, I think momentum is a very powerful thing in elite sport. The winner of this season-ending tournament has to have a big advantage going into the 2013 season. Therefore, the Brit will be looking to win to prove that 2012 belongs to him.
The final event of the tennis calendar promises to be a fantastic display of elite tennis. It would be foolish to think that it won't be a battle between Federer, Djokovic and Murray. It is a shame for the game in general that Rafael Nadal will continue to be absent.
Of course, the 2013 season will begin in January and will be a warm-up towards the 2013 Australian Open. I think it's fair to assume that those who perform well in London will be in the mix in Australia. It is very true to say that, a tennis player is only as good as the last match they played.