Mur­ray wins Shang­hai Masters

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BRI­TAIN’s Andy Mur­ray beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to win the Shang­hai Masters and edge closer to No­vak Djokovic in the world rank­ings.

The Scot re­cov­ered from a stut­ter in the first set to win 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 against the Span­ish world num­ber 19. Bautista Agut beat Djokovic in the semi-fi­nals, but Mur­ray ul­ti­mately eased to his sixth ti­tle of the year.

Mur­ray, 29, is 915 points be­hind the Serb for 2016, in­creas­ing his hopes of fin­ish­ing the year as world num­ber one. It is the third time he has won the Shang­hai Masters, which gives him 1,000 rank­ing points. Mur­ray, who also won the China Open on Oc­to­ber 9, has now won his past 23 sets over the two tour­na­ments and the re­cent Davis Cup tie with Ar­gentina.

“In the last few months, I have won a lot of matches and made im­prove­ments,” Mur­ray told Sky Sports. “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.” — BBC Sport

Andy Mur­ray

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