World number 2, Andy Murray extended his excellent winning streak to 10 matches with a 7-6 6-1 victory over Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
Bautista-Agut was contesting his first Masters 1000 final, having secured impressive victories over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic during the week, and he carried that form into the final, staying with Murray in a competitive opening set.
Murray seemed to have the first set in the bag when he served at 5-4 40-15, but Bautista-Agut battled back to even the set, to the chagrin of his Scottish foe.
The British number one overcame that disappointment to dominate the first set tie break, before running away with the second as Bautista-Agut’s challenge faded away.
Murray now has 41 career titles, six in 2016, and a third Shanghai crown moves him level with Djokovic as the most successful players in the Chinese city.
The 29-year-old also has his sights set on Djokovic’s number one ranking.
Murray is just 915 points behind Djokovic in the seasonal Race to London, and he is 2415 points behind the Serbian in the main world rankings.
With three tournaments still left on his schedule- the Vienna Open, the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals, that number one ranking is well within his reach, particularly if he keeps up his current form, and Djokovic continues to falter on the tour.