Andy Murray has retained his Shanghai Masters title by beating David Ferrer 7-5 6-4 in the final. He has also moved up to number three in the world rankings.
The win in China was Murray’s third title in as many weeks, following victories in Bangkok and Tokyo, where he beat Rafael Nadal in the final.
The 24-year-old moves above Roger Federer in the ATP rankings, dropping the Swiss superstar out of the top three for the first time since June 2003, the month before he won the first of his 16 Grand Slam titles.
It is Murray’s first appearance in the top three since March 2010.
Murray’s start was typical of his recent form as he broke Ferrer’s serve in the very first game, only for the world number five to respond by breaking back immediately.
The rest of the set went with serve until the 11th game, when Ferrer double-faulted to let Murray serve out the set, which the Briton duly did with back-to-back aces.
The second set began just as the first had, with both men failing to hold on their first service games.