Mur­ray wins 6th ti­tle of dom­i­nant sea­son at Shang­hai Masters

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Andy Mur­ray de­feated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 6-1 to win the Shang­hai Masters yes­ter­day, his sec­ond ti­tle in as many weeks and the sixth over­all in what is shaping up to be his most suc­cess­ful sea­son on tour.

Bautista Agut chal­lenged Mur­ray with his pow­er­ful fore­hands and sharp an­gles in the first set, keep­ing the sec­ond-seeded Scot on the de­fen­sive and forc­ing him to com­mit er­rors.

Serv­ing for the set at 5-4, Mur­ray ap­peared dis­tracted by move­ment in the crowd and wasted three set points be­fore Bautista Agut broke back to level the match. Mur­ray set­tled down in the tiebreaker, how­ever, and closed out the sec­ond set in just 31 min­utes.

He had 16 un­forced er­rors in the open­ing set, but only three af­ter that.

Bautista Agut, the 15th-seeded Spa­niard, up­set No. 1 No­vak Djokovic in the semi­fi­nals, but faced an up­hill task to cap­ture the ti­tle: No player out­side the top 10 had beaten the top two ranked play­ers in the same tour­na­ment since David Nal­ban­dian beat Roger Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal to win the Paris Masters in 2007.

Plus, he had to play Mur­ray. And no­body is per­form­ing bet­ter on tour at the mo­ment.

Af­ter tri­umph­ing at Wim­ble­don and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Mur­ray hasn’t let up this au­tumn: He hasn’t lost a set in his last 10 matches in Asia, win­ning back-to­back ti­tles at the China Open and in Shang­hai.

Win­ner Andy Mur­ray, left, chats with Roberto Bautista Agut

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