The last tennis kingdoms, considering the advent of Roger Federer on the top, on February 2nd 2004 have had one factor in common that the rule of the king of tennis in all those times was almost total.
The throne of men's tennis bowed, in the last fourteen years, to Roger Federer's class, to the blows of Rafael Nadal and also to the robotic tennis of Novak Djokovic. During these periods these three tennis phenomena have come and gone in the first position, and it became clear how much their game intimidated opponents
Andy Murray is the player who has succeeded them since November 7th 2016, and it was legitimized by the victories of last season at Wimbledon, at the Rio Olympic Games and at the ATP Finals in London.
However, the Scot has not given proof of that solidity (especially mentally) that he is the absolute ruler and that player who can subdue all his opponents. In 2017, Murray won Dubai, but he figured poorly before at the Australian Open, where he was at the eve considered the favorite, and then at Indian Wells tournament where he was drawn in the top half, while his three biggest rivals were in the bottom half.
Even in the first Masters 1000 of the season he was considered the favorite, but the resounding defeat against Vasek Pospisil has shown once again to the limits of the Scot.
That it is true the Californian tournament, traditionally, has not been not very good for Andy, but the premises, including the easy draw, and the not perfect form of his opponents, were all in his favor.
The question that has risen now is who can undermine his throne? Djokovic of course, Which in the clay swing could make him overtake the Scot, but the Serb does not appear in a great psycho-physical condition yet.
Federer is too far, in terms of points. Nadal and Stan Wawrinka could have some chances, but much will depend on their results. The season is only beginning, and the surprises are around the corner.