Andy Murray showed off his top form at the Shanghai Masters, beating Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to claim the trophy.
He closed in on world number one Novak Djokovic after winning his sixth title of the year. Agut had beaten Djokovic in the semi-final to meet Murray in this match.
The Scot came out on top 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 in 96 minutes, extending his winning run to 10 matches after triumphing at the China Open in Beijing a week ago.
This was Murray’s 41st career title, closing the gap between him and Djokovic to 915 points. Murray has now set his sights on the Serbian’s position at the top of the rankings – although he admits overhauling the 12-time grand slam winner will be difficult.
“My goal wasn’t to finish number one at the end of this year but in the early part of next year there is an opportunity – 900 points doesn’t seem like loads,” he told Sky Sports.
“But Novak will win matches. He is the best player in the world. I don’t think he has lost an indoor (match) in a long time.”
“In the last few months, I have won a lot of matches and made improvements,” he added. These improvements certainly seem to have helped.