Andy Murray completes Asian treble by beating David Ferrer to clinch Shanghai Masters title; set to topple Roger Federer in ATP rankings
Awesome Andy Murray sealed an Asian title treble yesterday, guaranteeing he will leapfrog Roger Federer in the rankings for the first time, to number three, after a 7-5, 6-4 win over David Ferrer.
Sky is the limit: Andy Murray celebrates after winning the Shanghai Masters yesterday. Pic/AFP
Defending champion Murray, 24, was tested by the Spaniard, but ultimately had too much for the world number five, wrapping up his eighth Masters title in one hour and 45 minutes. It is the third ATP tour title in as many weeks for Murray, who was victorious in Bangkok and Tokyo during a perfect Asian swing and has now won 15 matches in succession.
One of the best runs "It's been one of the best runs of my life. I've played very, very well the last few weeks and I was very nervous today because I wanted to try and win here and defend my title. I'm very happy I managed to come through," said Murray. "I was hitting the ball well, but there's still a little bit of tension because you want to try and keep the run going," he added.
Murray admitted that toppling Swiss 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer in the rankings was a boost, even though he was aiming higher than number three, adding he was not yet guaranteed to finish the year in third place.
"If you finish in front of Federer in a year, then there's not many people the last five, six, seven years that have been able to say that. So that's obviously, you know, a nice thing if I can do it," he added.
Bartoli pips Stosur Osaka: Marion Bartoli defeated US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia to reclaim the singles title she won in 2006 at the Japan Women's Open tennis tournament yesterday. The French second seed won the final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory in 74 minutes.