SHANGHAI, Oct 16: Andy Murray demolished Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 on Sunday as he won the Shanghai Masters without dropping a set and slashed the gap on world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Wimbledon and Olympic champion won seven points in a row in the first-set tie-breaker and broke Bautista Agut three times in the second set to lift his third Shanghai title.
Second-ranked Murray has now won 20 straight sets in a 10-match winning streak, marching to back-to-back titles in China including last week�s China Open victory in Beijing.
Murray also cuts the gap on Djokovic, who was shocked by Spain�s Bautista Agut in the semis, to 915 points as he zeroes in on the Serb�s top ranking.
�The last few months I�ve played very well in all of the tournaments and obviously I�m happy to be back in the final again here,� the 2010 and 2011 winner told the crowd.
Murray�s first serve of the match was a thumping ace and he took a grip on the first set at 3-3 when Bautista netted a backhand to lose the first break point of the match.
But Murray, serving at 5-4, lost three set points and got in a tangle on a drop shot to hand Bautista his first break point, which he converted with a strong forehand. � Agencies