Andy Murray wins the Shanghai Masters to close the gap on Novak Djokovic at top of the World rankings. The Brit defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets, winning 7-6, (7-1), 6-1 to claim his sixth title of the year.
Victory in Shanghai, Murray's 41st career title, cut the gap to Djokovic to 915 points.
The first set went with serve until Murray broke his Spanish opponent to take a 4-3 lead but when Bautista Agut broke back and then made it 6-5, Murray took the first set to a tie-break with a love game.
He cruised through the tie-break 7-1 to make it 19 sets won in a row before three breaks of service, to his opponent's one, in the second set eased the Briton into a 5-1 lead from where he closed out the match with a number of 100mph second serves and powerful groundstrokes.
Djokovic, defeated in the semi-stage in China by Bautista Agut, will not feature in the Vienna Open at the end of the month, presenting Murray with an opportunity to cut his lead at the top by another 500 points should he win the title in the Austrian capital.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Murray believes he is coming into form at the right time.
"In the last few months, I have won a lot of matches and made improvements," he said. "I have been moving forward better and changed the direction of the ball better. I have also come up with some bigger serves when I have needed them.
"My goal wasn't to finish number one at the end of this year but in the early parts of next year there is an opportunity – 900 points doesn't seem like loads.
"But Novak will win matches. He is the best player in the world. I don't think he has lost an indoor game in a long time."