Britain’s Andy Murrey beat Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to win the Shanghia Masters and edge closer to Novak Djokovic in the world’s ranking.
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.
In the last few months, I have won a lot of matches and made improvements,I have been moving forward better and changed the direction of the ball better.
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 9 October, 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,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,” he said.
Murrey’s superiority was apparent from the start, with his first point a powerful ace.
However, serving at 5-4, he lost three set points before his opponent levelled the match again with a strong forehand.
The Briton put away three consecutive aces for 6-6 and then dominated the tie-break, winning seven points in a row.
A string of Bautista Agut errors put Murray a break up at the start of set two, but to the Scot’s obvious frustration he gave it a straight back with a miscued forehand.