By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray won his third Shanghai Masters title today with a dominant 7-6(1), 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

In doing so he edged closer to Novak Djokovic in the world rankings, and now has an outside shot of wrestling the number one spot from the Serb before the end of the year.

Murray cruised for much of the first set, dominating on serve before breaking Agut in the sixth game. The world number two wobbled briefly when he failed to serve for the set after being 40-15, 5-4 up. The wobble was brief however, and Murray stopped the rot by slamming down three consecutive aces to force a tiebreak. The Brit then upped his game further and dominated the breaker, taking the set with a crushing cross court return.

Agut looked...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray reached the final of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Gilles Simon. The world number two took an hour and 43 minutes to battle past his French opponent, and will now face Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.

Matches between these two tend to be grinding attritional affairs, and so it was for much of the first set. Murray started slowly, dropping serve for the first time all tournament. The world number two regained the break for 2-2, an act which signalling the start of six consecutive breaks of serve. Murray claimed the decisive break, running back to hit a pinpoint backhand lob on set point.

The second set was a smoother affair as Murray raced into a 5-1 lead. Simon resisted briefly, regaining one of the breaks as Murray attempted to serve...
By Joe Bailey
Andy Murray moved into the Shanghai quarter-finals today with a routine 6-1, 6-3 win over France's Lucas Pouille.

Despite landing only 46% of his first serves overall, Murray won 95% of those that did find their target.

The British world number 2 took a 4-0 lead in the first set, but only after fending off a chance for Pouille in the very first game.

The second set started in similarly disheartening fashion for the Frenchman as Murray's commanding form saw him break again.

Pouille stayed in touch for a while but was unable to prevent Murray from breaking for a final time to claim the win.

This was, overall, a dominant display from Murray, though he will want to sharpen up his first serve as the business end o...
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By Katie Finnegan
Andy Murray continued his winning run in China with a clinical 6-3, 6-2 win against Steve Johnson in round 2 of the Shanghai Masters.

Murray was effective on serve, winning 79% of his first serve points and 61% on his notably improved second serve delivery. He targeted Johnson's second serve, pressuring the American on return.

The world number 2 had to save a break point in the opening game but was otherwise untroubled on serve.

Johnson, ranked 24, staved off a break point of his own in the fourth game but succumbed to love in his next service game to go down 2-4. Murray then went on to close out the set with ease.

The Brit was able to break in the third game of the second set to go up 2-1. A further break in Johnson's n...
By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray won his fifth singles title of 2016 with a 6-4, 7-6(2) win over Grigor Dimitrov at the China Open.  The Brit has now won 40 career titles and is within striking distance of the number one ranking.

Murray has been nearly flawless all week, and this run of good form continued with a solid victory over a battling opponent. His opponents appeared nervous in the early exchanges, and Murray broke the Bulgarian in the first game.

After this slow start Dimitrov gradually worked his way into the match, finally forcing a break point at 3-2. Murray saved it and saw out the rest of the set without drama.

The second set looked like going the same way after Murray broke at 2-2 and eased his way to 5-4. Dimitrov wasn't done yet. A staggering to and fro rally o...
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By Phil Messenger
Andy Murray swept David Ferrer aside  6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the China Open. The Brit will meet Grigor Dimitrov in Sundays final.

Ferrer started strongly, breaking Murray early for a 2-1 lead. This lead quickly evaporated as Murray immediately broke back before going on to claim five games on the trot.

The second set was marginally more competitive. Murray raced into a 3-1 lead before losing focus and allow Ferrer back into the match. This proved to be a momentary blip and Murray broke again to seal the win.
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