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Andy Murray clinches third win at Shanghai Rolex Masters
   2016-10-16 20:24:25    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Andy Murray poses with his Shanghai Rolex Masters trophy on October 16, 2016. The world No. 2 defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in a final match that ended with 7-6 6-1. Murray had previously won the Shanghai tournament in 2010 and 2011. [Photo: Shanghai Rolex Masters]

A near-capacity crowd at the Qizhong Tennis Center have cheered Andy Murray as the winner of this year's Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Murray has claimed the title against world No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut in a match that ended with 7-6 6-1.

Both players have given a solid performance during their encounter. In the first set, Bautista Agut kept close pace with Murray, forcing the set into a tie break. During the second set, Murray came on top, bagging one point after another while his opponent failed to catch up.

Murray, now with a ten-match winning streak, has expressed confidence in his recent performance.

"I thought that I did feel like I played better this week than last week. You know, in all of the matches I was hitting the ball pretty clean. Obviously I think I played four top 20 or top 25 players this week. And yeah, played some really good tennis against all of them."

This year has seen Murray winning his second Wimbledon title and then at the Rio Olympics. Just last week, the 29-year-old won the China Open in Beijing, taking home his fifth title of the year. He continued his momentum this week in Shanghai, advancing to the final match without dropping a set and getting past Steve Johnson, Lucas Pouille, David Goffin and Gilles Simon.

Sunday's win is Murray¡¯s third title in Shanghai, in addition to his 2010 and 2011 victories.

Now Murray is less than 1,000 points behind No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the world rankings.

Despite the advance, Murray says he is focusing on finishing 2016 on a high note.

"I will try and finish this year as strong as I can. And next year if the opportunity is there to reach No. 1, then I want to try and take it. But it¡¯s not going to be easy because, you know, Novak plays great tennis indoors, and also his record at the beginning of the year, as well, is phenomenal in Australia and Indian Wells, Miami. It¡¯g going to be a tough thing to achieve that."

World No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut has also done exceptionally well in Shanghai, defeating last year's finalist Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the quarter-finals and upsetting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a spectacular semi-final match on Saturday.

After his elimination, Djokovic, who missed last week's China Open due to an elbow injury and has struggled to stay in top form in Shanghai, admits that he is not in the best mental or emotional condition.

However, Djokovic is also realistic about the ups and downs of a professional sports career and says he will use the opportunity to regain momentum.

"I had to experience sooner or later this. I knew I could not go on playing on the highest level for so many years all the tie. You know, but it's good to experience this so I can hopefully get better in the period to come."

Djokovic will next play at the BNP Paribas Masters, which kicks off on Oct. 31st in Paris.

Meanwhile, Americans Jack Sock and John Isner clinched the title in doubles, defeating Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4 6-4. The two winners, who are good friends off court,  are relaxed after the match and say they have fun playing as a team.

Both Sock and Isner will next play at the If Stockholm Open.


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