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Murray ‘clinches’ 3rd Shanghai title

Andy Murray of Britain holds his trophy after winning his men’s singles fi nals match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 16. (AFP)
Andy Murray of Britain holds his trophy after winning his men’s singles fi nals match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on Oct 16. (AFP)

SHANGHAI, Oct 16, (AFP): Andy Murray demolished Roberto Bautista to win the Shanghai Masters without dropping a set as he edged closer to Novak Djokovic’s world number one ranking on Sunday. The Wimbledon and Olympic champion won seven points in a row in the first-set tie-break and he broke Bautista three times in the second to win his third Shanghai title 7-6 (7/1), 6-1.

The rampant Murray is now on a 10-match winning streak in which he has won 20 straight sets, including last week’s similarly impressive victory at the China Open in Beijing. But most importantly, the world number two slashes the gap to just 915 points from the out-of-sorts Djokovic, who was shocked by Spain’s Bautista in the semis. “I believe I can get there. I definitely believe I can get there. These last few months have proved that to me,” Murray said of the top ranking. “I may never get another chance to be number one, so I’ll give it my best shot to do that while I have the opportunity.” Nineteenth-ranked Bautista, who was playing his first Masters final, said it was clear how much Murray wanted to secure the top spot.

“I think I can see it in his eyes. He’s really focused on getting number one,” the Spaniard said. Murray’s first serve of the match was a thumping ace and he took a grip on the opening set at 3-3 when Bautista netted a backhand to lose the first break point of the match. But Murray, serving at 5-4, lost three set points and got in a tangle on a drop shot to hand Bautista his first break point, which he converted with a strong forehand.

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